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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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63 news items

Delta Democrat Times (subscription)
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0800

HOLLANDALE — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has closed the Sunflower River Bridge on County Hwy. 12 between Hollandale and Belzoni to repair recent damage caused by a too-tall truck. A highway crew began work this morning on the ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:04:07 -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 17:45:40 -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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:09:51 -0700

The DRCC believed her image best illustrated their message of a dirty river with a hopeful future. In it she is clothed in found river rubbish, holding a sunflower. River-related slogans are drawn on her body. She was awarded a kayak trip on the ...

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:35:01 -0700

"My mom and dad were Gus and Pauline (Nobile)," he said. "We grew up right out there on Highway 82 before the Sunflower River bridge." Nobile's siblings include his late older brother Billy and older brother Jimmy – "he was the security man at MDJC for ...
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:58:10 -0700

Otis “TCB” Taylor is holding a CD Release Party for his new soul blues album “Do What You Do” on Thursday, August 7 at Red's Lounge in Clarksdale, MS. You can also catch him at the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival. He takes the stage at 7:15 p.m ...

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