Follow this link for a map of this section.
An overgrown and blocked water trail has been re-opened on this wild
section of the Wolf River. Although still somewhat physically challenging,
paddlers can now enjoy this relatively short six mile section with good boat access
on both ends. Enjoy one of the shortest vehicle shuttle requirements on the
Wolf. There are no emergency exits possible anywhere on this section, between
put-in and take-out, so come prepared to paddle through all the way through to
the LaGrange, Tennessee access. Paddlers should also expect to see wetlands, channelized
river beds, a variety of wild life species, snakes and flying insects,
especially in the summer months.
the summer of 2013, WRC River Guides, assisted by Wes Hopper, owner of Urban
Forestry, cleared canoe passage through numerous blockages; several follow-up
trips were made to eliminate all the downed tree log jams, which for years has
restricted paddling to only a few hardy well experienced folks. By early fall
of 2013, with water levels at optimum depths, paddlers were able to navigate
through with no portages at all required. This section can now be paddled in as
little as 3 hours, though first-timers should allow more time, and the Safety
Guidelines still apply. It is best to paddle with a
group. Inexperienced/ beginner paddlers can join guided trips, with
experienced paddlers, to help with skills, passage through un-reported
blockages and provide general trail information. Several WRC River Guides
were instrumental in opening this section, with Jeff Sojourner leading the
Jeff is dedicated to this section and willing to share his knowledge and
experience with others.
Please read the description below carefully
before attempting this section:
Michigan City, MS, to LaGrange, TN, section of the Wolf River is a true
adventure. These are the first navigable waters for small craft on the Wolf
River, only a few miles downstream from the river’s source at Baker’s Pond, in
Benton County, Mississippi. This section is only accessible by canoe or kayak.
Without notice, trees fall, logs wash in and beaver dams are built. New blockages can happen overnight. Please
inform WRC if you notice such conditions.
As for all Wolf River sections, it is best to begin paddling early in
the day to make sure and reach the takeout by dark. The put-in launch site is
actually on Indian Creek. After launching, continue down Indian Creek a few
hundred yards to its confluence with the Wolf River. Indian Creek is
shallow, usually clear with a soft, relatively clean, sandy bottom. Due to
shifting sands, even under ideal conditions, paddlers may need to make short
“floating boat” portages in order to stay within the deeper sections.
not for everyone, this is a very special section of the Wolf, so wild that
paddlers usually have stories to tell afterward, and are happy to have paddled
on such a memorable trip. Also, don't
forget to visit at the "Black Hill Point" designated lunch stop, a
relatively safe area to picnic, swim and simply enjoy the remoteness of this
area. This area is great for family picnicking. The ideal water level to paddle
this section is between 6.0 and 7.75 feet on the LaGrange river guage: http://waterdata.usgs.gov. Shallow water portages are sometimes
necessary when water levels are below ideal levels. Also, when water levels are up, only highly
skilled paddlers, familiar with such conditions, should attempt to paddle this
section. Efforts are being made to keep this section natural as possible, with
minimum trail markers. The river here is naturally channelized, making the
correct passage relatively easy to find. If in doubt, paddle with someone
familiar with this section. Unlike the Ghost Section, paddlers rarely
become disoriented, venturing off the intended trail.
Directions on how to drive to Michigan City
Put-in and LaGrange take-out:
reach the put-in near Michigan City, MS, by motorized vehicle, take Tennessee
Highway 57 (Poplar Avenue Extension) east through LaGrange, TN, until it dead
ends at Highway 18. Turn right (south) onto Tennessee Highway 18, which becomes
Mississippi Highway 7 at the state line.
After crossing the state line, continue on down Highway 7 until reaching
Indian Creek. There will be an
"Indian Creek" sign. Cross the bridge and Park on the right shoulder,
being careful to avoid soft sands often reported here. The take-out is to the right just after
passing under the one and only bridge on this section, the Yager Road Bridge. MAP
reach the LaGrange, Tennessee, Yager Road access by vehicle, take Highway 57
east to LaGrange, Tennessee. Turn right at the flashing yellow light onto Main
Street, which becomes Yager Road. Drive down the hill about 0.9 of a mile and
turn right into the graveled parking area just before crossing the bridge. MAP
shuttle between Michigan City and LaGrange is short. To find the shortest
shuttle route, first time paddlers may need to use a GPS to navigate the gravel
roads to river left (south side). Otherwise vehicle shuttle can be accomplished
by reversing the arrival directions above.
For photos of the Michigan City to LaGrange section, click here.