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Paddle Sports

When all you need is a paddle, adventure is in the palm of your hand. Choose from a multitude of blueways (or “water trails” if you’re a newbie) to canoe, kayak and paddle stroke your way through our warm Gulf waters.

Mississippi paddling trails let paddlers enjoy short trips along Wolf River bayous to Bay St. Louis or through the emergent marshlands of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. For a longer adventure, explore routes from the upper Pascagoula River—the longest free-flowing river in the nation—to the coast, or kayak to the pristine barrier islands for overnight camping under the stars. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources story map website allows paddlers to choose the adventure that is right for them, and provides events and resources to enjoy the variety of coastal preserves along the coast. Whether you want to paddleboard the coast, fish from your kayak, bird watch from your canoe, or lounge on a beach, Mississippi has an adventure for you.