If you enjoyed learning about our efforts on the Big Black River and would like regular updates of our work, you can email us at info@conserve.ms or call 601-713-3355.

The Big Black River

One of the only remaining undammed rivers in the United States runs through Mississippi. The Big Black supplies rich fertile soil for an assortment of wildlife as it stretches diagonally across the center of the state from Mathiston to Grand Gulf.

White-tailed deer, Eastern wild turkey, waterfowl, and numerous small game species make the Big Black a prime hunting region as well as providing for excellent fishing opportunities for catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill.  Some of the largest alligator caught in Mississippi to date were harvested from the Big Black as the river has become a popular place during alligator season.

One of Mississippi's Natural Treasures

That is why The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi has made the Big Black one of our top priorities.  We are using advanced analytical tools to assess the health of our river systems and locate areas of concern.  Further, we are making sure everything possible is done to maintain the long-term health of the river by working with landowners throughout the basin to: 

  • Restore wetlands in the river's floodplain;
  • Address bank erosion and reducing sediment entering the river; and
  • Reforesting native bottomland hardwood trees.


We look forward to working together with our Mississippi residents to ensure the Big Black River basin remains a special place for future generations.