It’s Battle On The Bayou Time!!!

Wax your hull, shine your paddle, and starch your underwear!!

Battle on the Bayou is right around the corner – Saturday, March 2!

This year’s Battle on the Bayou is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year’s and we at the Heritage Trails Partnership are so, so honored to have been chosen as their beneficiary organization!! This event is truly amazing…9.5 miles along the scenic Old Fort Bayou starting at Gulf Hills Resort in Ocean Springs and you get to eat at The Shed when you finish.  What’s not to like, right?

I’ve included information about the race below for those of you who are unfamiliar with the event.  Up here though, I wanted to let you know that the deadline for on-line registration is Feb 27 .

There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities available as well.  Please contact us at 228-207-0844 if you’re interested in being a sponsor.

For those of you who may not have a kayak (yet!), you can contact South Coast Paddling Company, Adventure Locators, or Eco-Tours of South Mississippi to rent one for the race.  South Coast Paddling is also offering an ACA Strokes & Maneuvers Course this Saturday and an Indoor Rolling & Bracing Class on Sunday for those of you looking to boost your knowledge and safety factors before the race.  Be sure to join their MeetUp group if you would like to be notified of other paddling events, excursions, and classes they offer or sponsor on a regular basis.

For up to the minute info and fun conversation, please join the BoB Facebook group.

If you have any questions directly related to the race, you can contact “The General” at 228-282-4972,, or on the FB group page mentioned above.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!!


Battle on the Bayou (BOB) takes place on Old Fort Bayou (OFB), located in Ocean Springs, MS. OFB begins in the Latimer area of Jackson County and meanders southwest growing wider and deeper till it empties into the Back Bay of Biloxi. The race course runs roughly 9.5 miles over black-water bayou through estuarine marsh and maritime forest. It will start at the Gulf Hills Resort grounds and conclude at The Shed and Camp Journey’s End.

BOB’s main goals are to promote the sport of paddling, instill a feeling of stewardship toward our natural waterways and create a healthy environment of competition. The race attracts competitive athletes/teams, recreational minded outdoor enthusiasts, active couples, active kids and active families. Fast paddlers will complete the race in under 2 hours. Average recreational paddle time will be around 2-3+ hours.

The tides and recent rainfall have influence on any minimal current that may be. The mile markers on the Old Fort Bayou (OFB) Blueway do not match the Battle on the Bayou race course. The OFB Blueway begins roughly 1 mile into the race course at the Washington Ave. Bridge over OFB. For instance, when you see the 1 mile marker, you have actually paddled about 2 miles.

The temperatures for Ocean Springs in March range from 53 – 67 degrees F. March is also one of the wetter months in the year so be prepared for rain. Water temperatures for this time of year are averaged around 60 degrees.

Click HERE for the official schedule.