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Bowie Creek in Mississippi

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

We put in at the bridge on Hwy 589, 3 miles north of the Lamar County line.

The river was flowing fast under the bridge, and we had generally good deep water most of the time. We scraped bottom a few times. There was about 4 log jams on the trip which we had to walk around or pull the kayaks over.

Overall, this was a great trip, with an overhanging canopy, cool clean water, and relatively little to no development on the creek until the very end. There is a nice 3-4 foot dropoff/ rapid about 3 hours down the river with a great spot beyond to take a break.

We put in at 6:30 pm, and paddled until about 11:00 pm (dark). Take a headlamp at night to get around the logjams.

Overall, a beautiful creek in a quiet setting, and just minutes from Hattiesburg.


Gas stations and a few small restaurants in Sumrall, and Highway gas stations and little burger joints on Highway 49.




Take 589 North from Highway 98 west of Hattiesburg. Cross into Covington County and go 3 miles.


"Canoeing Mississippi" Guidebook

Trip Details

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location