About Black Creek
Beautiful Black Creek winds its way through the center of the Desoto National Forest. The creek is the central force behind what has been called “The Black Creek Experience.” For some, this experience may be canoeing down the creek, camping on sandbars, or enjoying the camaraderie of family or friends.
For others it is the opportunity to get away from the” rat race” – hiking and camping in the wilderness, communing with nature, and enjoying the scenery.
Anglers enjoy quiet spots along the creek to fish for red bellies, bass, catfish, and bream.
The waters of Black Creek are clear but have a brownish tint due to tannic acid from decaying leaves of trees that border the stream. Magnolia trees and wild azaleas are plentiful.
It is not uncommon to see deer, wild turkey, squirrels, ducks, owls, great blue herons, and beavers along the stream.
Free floating time averages about 1 mile per hour depending on the season and rainfall. Floaters can easily estimate travel time so as to allow themselves those few extra minutes at a productive fishing hole or for a lazy picnic on a sandbar.
The Black ranges in width from 20-100 feet and from a few inches to 20 feet deep. The 21 miles of Black Creek from Moody’s Landing to Fairley Bridge has been designated a National Wild and Scenic Stream.
Directions & Map
From New Orleans:
I-10 East to Slidell; then I-59 North to exit 41 (Hwy 13 / Lumberton); Right on Hwy 13 to the “T” at Hwy 49; Left on Hwy 49 North to Brooklyn exit (about 6 miles); Right at Brooklyn sign to BCCR about 1.5 miles on the right.
Hwy 49 South to Brooklyn exit; Left at Brooklyn sign to BCCR about 1.5 miles on the left.
Hwy 49 South to Brooklyn (about 18 miles); Left at Brooklyn sign to BCCR about 1.5 miles on the left.
From I-10 in Gulfport:
Hwy 49 North to Brooklyn (about 50 miles); Right at Brooklyn sign to BCCR about 1.5 miles on the right.
I-10 West to Hwy 49 (Gulfport)
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Hwy 98 West to Hwy 49 (Hattiesburg)
Follow Directions Above!
Reservations not always required, but always recommended
Reservation times estimated on Online Bookings
*Open later on Sundays
Rules of the Creek
We want your Black Creek Experience to be a safe and happy one. We ask our guests to use common sense and good manners while on the Creek. Although much of the Creek flows through the National Forest, some of the property is privately owned. Please respect the property rights of the landowners. Place all litter in a litter bag and keep in the canoe until the end of the trip.
Lifevests are provided and we recommend that you wear them. Mississippi law requires children under 12 years of age to WEAR the life vests while in a moving boat.
If canoes, paddles, or life vests are lost or damaged beyond the normal wear and tear; you will be expected to pay the repair or replacement expense.
We are not responsible for accidents or injuries caused directly or indirectly in the use of rented canoes, kayaks, or other equipment.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
Just follow the rules of common courtesy and safety – your experience is sure to be enjoyable!
Brandon & Susie Pearce