Grand Bayou Preserve
The primary boundary of this 565-acre preserve located in Hancock County, Waveland follows the edge of the open brackish marsh. This mesohaline marsh/bayou system contains a mosaic of elevation zones and represents a largely "marine" area with only local freshwater runoff, except for possible runoff from the Jackson marsh area to the north. This system is unique in that the narrow bayou (5-10 m wide) is flanked by a small (1-2 m) levee that is covered with groundsel bush (Baccharis angustifolia) with a narrow band of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) near the water’s edge. Smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) also occurs mixed with saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) to form the low marsh zone. Patches of needle rush (Juncus roemerianus) form the mid-level zone along with saltgrass (Distichlis)/ bulrush (Scirpus robustus) areas. Pure saltgrass (Distichlis) patches form the high marsh. The major portion of the property is owned and managed by a state park.  Residences with open septic systems threaten ecological integrity.

Boaters and anglers use the area on occasional and seasonal basis for waterfowl hunting (sparingly) and fishing.
Rare/Endangered Species:
Bufo valliceps Gulf Coast Toad
Rana heckscheri River Frog
Tyrannus forficatus Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Lilaeopsis carolinensis Carolina Lilaeopsis
For Comments and/or Additional Information on Grand Bayou, email the Coastal Preserves Manager.

Contact Grand Bayou Preserve

MS Department of Marine Resources
6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, Mississippi  39562
Phone: (228) 374-5000
Toll Free: (800) 374-3449
Fax: (228) 374-5005


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