"Gently flowing pristine stream with sandbars, waterfalls, shoals, bluffs, and high banks covered with Maple, Birch, and Magnolias; creating canopy effect; variety of flora, wild life, and riverine species." - Class A River, US Dept of Interior
Canoed and Kayaked this creek many times. Easy class I & II runs, enough to keep you excited, and slow enough to just relax.
Recommended run - Upper Short to Fairchild of the Okatoma begins at Seminary (MS HWY 590) and ends at Fairchild's Landing. It is approximately 7 creek miles with the 3 main falls of the upper run. The trip usually takes 3 to 4 hours (or up to 8 if you swim alot - lots of swimming holes with rope swings along the way - usually my choice); this allows ample time for picnicing and swimming.
Other Runs -
The Upper Run of Okatoma begins at Seminary (MS HWY 590) and ends at Sanford (MS HWY 598). It is approximately 13 creek miles with 3 main waterfalls, which makes this the most popular float. The trip usually takes 4 to 6 hours; this allows ample time for picnicing and swimming.
The Lower Run begins at Sanford and ends at Lux. This trip is approximately 6 creek miles with 2 small waterfalls. Float time is 2 to 3 hours.
The Upper and Lower Runs can be combined for a 19 mile float. Folks usually camp over night on this one.
Recommended Outfitter/Campgrounds -
Okatoma Outdoor Post
Phone for Reservations
Primitive creekside camping, improved camping spots (water and electricity), rental cabins, tipis, trading post, showers, great folk!
Open 8 AM - 8 PM
March 1 - October 31 (and other times by appointment)