For the current water level reading, check the Pearl River Gage (PRG) at Highway 80, http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv/?site_no=02486000.
Below is a general guide for paddlers.
|< 5 feet||Low||Numerous shoals and steep, muddy banks|
|5 - 10 feet||Low||Slow water|
|10 - 20 feet||Medium||Best paddling|
|25 - 30 feet||High to very high||Fast water, strainers, and dangerous snags|
- Dangerous spillway! Do not approach fast turbulent water exploding from underneath Ross Barnett Dam at put in.
- Dangerous low-head dam! Low-head dam 300 yards below take out. No way to avoid structure. Portage behind.
- Some possible shoals at low water.
- Watch for snags, strainers, and other swiftwater hazards at high water (>25 feet PRG Hwy 80).
- Beware of snakes, spiders, and alligators.
- Wear hunter orange during hunting season when exploring woods.
- Year-round: Life jacket, extra paddle, water, food, cell phone in dry bag, rubber barn boot, spongers and bailers, extra rope, fire starter, first aid kid, emergency gear, camera, and rain gear.
- Summer: Hat, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, and lightweight long sleeve shirt.
- Winter: Thermal layers, waterproof outerwear, and extra clothes in dry bag.