Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway




The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, together with the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway connect the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway begins at Mile 217.0 on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway, with mile zero of both waterways being referenced from Bankhead Tunnel (U.S. Highway 90), Mobile, AL.

As described in the 1984 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Chart book:

"The waterway extends upstream from Demopolis, AL via the Tombigbee River through the basin divide into the Yellow Creek embayment of Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River. This represents a total distance of about 234 navigation miles which is comprised of river, canal, and divide sections. The river section (149 miles) extends up the Tombigbee River from Demopolis to a point just south of Amory, Mississippi. The canal section extends for the next 46 miles, consisting of a canal parallel to and separated from the river by a levee which terminates at Bay Springs Lock & dam. The remainder of the waterway (39 miles) consists of a cut through the divide between the Tennesee and Tombigbee Basins, connecting Bay Springs Lake with Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River.
Ten locks and five dams provide the total lift of 341 feet encompassed by the project. Authorized navigation depths of the waterway are nine feet in the river section and twelve feet in the canal and divide sections. The bottom width is 300 feet except in the divide section where it is 280 feet."



I have not purchased newer charts than the 1984 Tenn-Tom WW book I currently own. My Black Warrior-Tom WW book is dated April, 1978. Keep these dates in mind when viewing the data, both for the Distance Calculator and the viewer. My hopes are that any data I can present here may make for a safer and better planned trip.





Links:
Distances on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
Viewer for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

Distances & Routes on the Rivers & Waterways of the Mississippi River Basin.