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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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3 news items

 
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 ...
 
Mississippi Business Journal (blog)
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:40:47 -0700

The first Sunflower River Blues Festival took place in 1988 and was funded primarily by Clarksdale's downtown merchants. Since then, one of the largest blues and gospel festivals in Mississippi has grown every year to include some of best names in the ...
 
The Commercial Dispatch
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:07:30 -0700

1-22 - Mississippi Painters Society Art Show, Tupelo Gumtree Museum of Art, Tupelo (reception Aug. 1). 662-862-3160 or gumtreemuseum.com. Aug. 8-10 - Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival (North Mississippi Allstars, Bobby Rush, Jimbo Mathus, ...
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