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Bowie Creek in Mississippi

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.

Accommodations:

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

Fees:

No

Directions:

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

Resources:

"Canoeing Mississippi" Guidebook
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip