The Jourdan River is one of the primary coastal streams that brings water straight to the Gulf of Mexico. It plays host to a variety of water activities including canoeing and kayaking along an 8.5 mile trail. The upper half of the river is a tranquil home to wildlife, hardwood forests, and artesian springs. This freshwater river is influenced by the tide and fisherman can find largemouth bass, catfish, and alligator gar that are so huge you’ll want to stay in your kayak!
For nature enthusiasts, visitors can take this blueway trail through coastal floodplains where they can explore a unique riverine ecosystem. The river links the McLeod Park canoe launch to the Bayou Talla boat launch, so paddlers can easily cruise through the natural beauty of Hancock County. Along the trail, paddlers can stop at multiple sandbars for rest and exploration. There are many restaurants that line the river, so hungry paddlers can stop for some delicious local eats. Even the birds love Jourdan River. Eagles, hawks, and osprey can be found in the tall trees that line the river.
The lower part of the Jourdan River below McLeod Park is popular for water sports, so if you’re cruising the full trail, beware! For more information on the Jourdan River and Mississippi's Blueways, visit: http://ltmcp.org/
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