There is a municipal boat basin with berths for small craft up to 40 feet at the head of Lake Yazoo, which is entered through a channel on the E side of the river entrance. In 1983, a reported depth of 5½ feet could be carried to the basin. There are no services. An unlighted buoy marks the entrance.
There are several marinas, service wharves, and boatyards along the Pascagoula River, above and below the bridges at Pascagoula. Berths, electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, marine supplies, and launching ramps are available. Hull, engine and electronic repairs can be made, and dry storage is available.
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Pascagoula Harbor, one of the important deepwater ports on the Gulf Coast, is on Mississippi Sound about 9 miles N of Horn Island Pass. By water, it is 72 miles W of Mobile and 51 miles E of Gulfport. The facilities in the port area include a cold storage facility, shipyards, and other industries at the mouth of Pascagoula River and an industrial area centered around Bayou Casotte, about 3 miles E of Pascagoula River.
The deepwater entrance is through dredged cuts in Horn Island Pass Channel, and in Mississippi Sound for about 4 miles N of Petit Bois Island where the channel divides, Pascagoula Channel leading about 4.5 miles NW to the mouth of Singing River (lower Pascagoula River), then N about 1.5 miles to a turning basin at the railroad bridge at Pascagoula, and Bayou Casotte Channel leading about 4 miles N to the turning basin at the head of Bayou Casotte. A Federal project provides for a depth of 44 feet in Horn Island Pass Channel and 42 feet in the sound and in Pascagoula and Bayou Casotte Channels to the 38-foot Pascagoula Channel turning basin and 42-foot Bayou Casotte Channel turning basin. The channel across the bar is marked by a 041° lighted range and lighted buoys, and the other channels are marked by lighted ranges, lighted and unlighted buoys, lights, and a daybeacon. Some of the inner ranges are often obscured by cranes and floodlights.
No bridges cross the channel from the Gulf to the municipal wharf. The CSX railroad bridge crossing the Pascagoula River about 1.5 miles above the mouth has a bascule span with a clearance of 8 feet. The bridgetender monitors VHF-FM channel 13; call sign KQ-7197. In 2002, a submerged obstruction was reported SW of the bridge in about 30°22’07″N., 88°33’50″W.; extreme caution is urged. U.S. Route 90 highway bridge 0.2 mile above the railroad bridge has a fixed span with a clearance of 80 feet.
Overhead power cables 1.5 miles and 2.6 miles above the mouth of the river have clearances of 68 feet and 80 feet, respectively.