Hello and Welcome to the Pascagoula River

Welcome to the Pascagoula River

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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.

River Facts:

• 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.