Water levels on this section of the Yazoo are dependent on the Mississippi River (only 7 miles downstream) so it’s best to use the Mississippi River Gage at Vicksburg to determine conditions on the Yazoo. Sometimes the Yazoo has strong flow, but sometimes it is as still as a lake; and sometimes it is flowing backwards (in a strong Mississippi River rise).
Go to USGS Gage:
Or use the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center:
Below is a general guideline for paddlers
|0-20 feet||Low||Sandbars and mud bars will be exposed.
No access to backwater places. Will have some flow.
|25 - 30 feet||Medium||Only some sand and mud exposed.
May or may not have some flow.
|30 - 43 feet||High||Flat water.|
|+ 30 feet||Very High||Almost no places to stop.|
|43+ feet||Flood stage||All forests will be flooded. Stillwater.|
Dress for the weather and pack everything into dry bags, plastic tubs, or garbage sacks.
- Year-round: life jacket, extra paddle, water bottle, snacks, First Aid kit, emergency gear, cell phone (in zip lock bag), rubber barn boots, sponges and bailers, extra rope, extra food and water, fire starter, camera and rain gear
- Summer: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lightweight long sleeve shirt, and bug spray
- Winter: thermal layers, waterproof outerwear, and extra clothes in dry bag