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Sunflower River west of Ruleville, Mississippi.

The Sunflower River (also known as the Big Sunflower River) is one of the main tributaries of the Yazoo River in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is navigable by barge for 50 miles. It rises in De Soto County, Mississippi near the Tennessee border and flows south for 100 miles to the Yazoo River. At Clarksdale on its banks, the annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel festival is held.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains a navigation channel, thirty miles in length. Built in 1976, the channel is used by barges and pleasure craft.

According to the USGS, variant names include Hushpuckaman Creek.[1]

Water Quality[edit]

Like the Yazoo, this river is heavily silt laden. The river gets its mud from the bayous and small streams that feed it. The river has a distinct "Clear-Mud Line" where it meets the Yazoo, showing that the Big Sunflower is muddier than the Yazoo.

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Coordinates: 32°40′13″N 90°40′4″W / 32.67028°N 90.66778°W / 32.67028; -90.66778

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70 news items

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0700

This weekend Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 27th year with a free lineup of music Friday through Sunday. Friday soul/blues artists Johnny Rawls and Latimore headline the fest, and on Saturday night the festival ...
Mississippi Press (blog)
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0700

The 26th annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival will be held in Clarksdale on Aug. 8-10. (Courtesy photo of VisitMississippi.org). Print · Mississippi Press Staff By Mississippi Press Staff The Mississippi Press on July 05, 2014 at 5:03 PM ...


Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:57:29 -0700

Dorrough lived a simple life in Ruleville right on a bend in the Sunflower River. “He lived simply,” Burdine said, “but he lived a great life. He was a wonderful man who loved people and a fantastic musician that helped put Ruleville on the map. He ...
gulflive.com (blog)
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:17:49 -0800

For the Big Sunflower River project, $2 million will be used for sediment control structure along Steele Bayou to reduce erosion and sedimentation. Another $1 million will support purchase of mitigation lands for the Yazoo Backwater Area project for ...


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:37:30 -0800

From left, Freeman and Luckett accepting the Early Wright Blues Heritage Award at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival for their outstanding service in promoting the blues of the Mississippi Delta; A waitress waits for an order outside the ...


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:07 -0800

We are burying Tom Freeland today. His death resulted from complications from major surgery, and like most of his friends and family, I am hard-pressed to understand and cope with his loss. In thinking back over happy times spent with Freeland, I see ...
Delta Farm Press
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:17:14 -0800

This is between the Mississippi River and the Sunflower River, and there are areas there where the water just percolates through the ground and will not stay there.” Kline said he had a 120-acre field with one well for watering the rice. He set the ...
Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:59:03 -0700

Actor Morgan Freeman is awarded at the 2012 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Jerry Tucker. Clarksdale, Mississippi held its biggest festival ever August 10 through 12, 2012 as tens of thousands showed up in the ...

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