Welcome to the Pascagoula River
From this site you can learn about the Pascagoula River, see pictures taken on the River and find out about things to do on the Pascagoula River.
• Last unimpeded major river system in the lower 48 states.
• Second largest basin in Mississippi.
• Approximately 164 miles long and 84 miles wide with 15,045 miles of rivers and streams.
• Comprises most of southeastern Mississippi (22 counties) with a small part extending into southwesternAlabama.
• Drains an area of about 9,000 square miles and eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
• Major streams include the Pascagoula, Leaf and Chickasawhay Rivers, as well as Black and Red Creeks.
• There are 11 federally threatened and six federally endangered species as well as approximately 13non-native species in the Basin.
• There are seven wildlife management areas totaling approximately 368,651 acres and three CoastalPreserves totaling approximately 14,000 acres in the basin.
• The Pascagoula River Basin, with an estimated population of 716,925, encompasses roughly one-quarterof Mississippi’s population.
• Greater population densities are found near the urban areas of Gautier, Pascagoula, Moss Point, Meridian,Hattiesburg, and Laurel.
• The majority of the Basin is covered by forest (59%).
• In 1999, approximately 26 percent of Mississippi’s timber production came from the basin contributingabout $324 million to the Mississippi economy.
• Agriculture accounts for about 21 percent of the land use, with two percent of the basin used for croplandand 19 percent for pasture.
• The basin produces 75 percent of the Oil, 50 percent of the saltwater and 50 percent of the natural gasproduced in Mississippi.
• Fishing and water sports are abundant as the basin has approximately 1,680 lakes and ponds.
• There are more than 86 boat ramps and public fishing piers in the basin.