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Paddleways of Mississippi - Rivers and People of the Magnolia State

Paddleways of Mississippi

Rivers and People of the Magnolia State

By Ernest Herndon & Patrick Parker
Hardcover : 9781496840653, 304 pages, 25 b&w illustrations; 36 maps, March 2024
Paperback : 9781496850812, 304 pages, 25 b&w illustrations; 36 maps, March 2024

Table of contents

The Mississippi River
The Delta
• Yazoo River
• Coldwater River
• Tallahatchie River
• Yocona River
• Yalobusha River
• Big Sunflower River
Southwest Mississippi
• Bayou Pierre
• Homochitto River
• Tangipahoa River
Down the Middle
• Pearl River
• Strong River
• Bogue Chitto River
• Big Black River
Northeast Mississippi
• Bear Creek
• Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
• Wolf River
• Hatchie River
• Buttahatchee River
Southeast Mississippi
• Pascagoula River
• Escatawpa River
• Chickasawhay River
• Chunky River
• Leaf River
• Bowie Creek
• Okatoma Creek
• Black Creek
• Red Creek
Coastal Mississippi
• Biloxi River
• Wolf River
• Jourdan River
• Gulf Islands

A celebration of the Magnolia State’s exceptional waterways


Mississippi rivers and creeks have shaped every aspect of the state’s geology, ecology, economy, settlement, and politics. Mississippi's paddleways—its rivers, rills, creeks, and streams—are its arteries, its lifeblood, and the connective tissues that tie its stories and histories together and flood them with a sense of place and impel them along the current of time. The rivers provide structure for the telling of stories. In Paddleways of Mississippi: Rivers and People of the Magnolia State, readers will discover flowing details of virtually every waterway in the state—the features, wildlife, vegetation, geology, hydrology, and specific challenges to be expected—alongside many wonderful historical and social accounts specific to each system.

Interviews and oral histories enliven these waterways with evocative scenery, engaging anecdotes, interesting historical tales, and personal accounts of the people and communities that arose along the waterways of Mississippi. Part natural history, part narrative nonfiction, Paddleways of Mississippi will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, anglers, naturalists, campers, and historians, and is suitable for novices as well as experts. Told together, the pieces included are a social and ecological history that exposes and deepens the connection coursing between the people and the rivers.


"Not only a must-read for anyone wishing to explore any of Mississippi’s waterways, Paddleways of Mississippi is also a must for anyone interested in our state’s illustrious past. From Choctaws to atom bombs, Herndon and Parker take us for a virtual trip through Mississippi’s history and waterways in a canoe."

- Wesley L. Shoop, author of Mississippi’s Natural Heritage: Photographs of Flora and Fauna

"Mississippi has many natural treasures. Most of them tend to be in some way connected to wild waters, particularly rivers. North to south, east to west, from the hill country in the northeast, across to the lowlands of the Delta region in the west, through the interior forests in the state’s heartland, and on to the magic of the Gulf Coast, the diversity, beauty, and charm of these waterways is astounding. And . . . they are absolutely available for all of us to enjoy. All it takes is a little push and a canoe or small boat. In Paddleways of Mississippi, we get that push. In this wonderful book the authors don’t just share the logistics of travel (although the level of logistical detail is incredible!). They tell the story of each waterway: some personal, some historical, always with a sense of spirit, a connectedness to rhythms of the earth."

- Donald C. Jackson, professor emeritus at Mississippi State University