Bartram Canoe Trail
Logistics: No permit is needed for day trips in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
Lodging and Camping: There are both land-based and floating-platform campsites.
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is our nation’s second largest river delta. It encompasses a 10 mile-wide marsh, cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood ecosystem. The Delta has over 50 rare and endangered plant and animal species known to inhabit its wetlands and waterways. The Bartram Canoe Trail system provides opportunities for recreational boaters, specifically canoers and kayakers to enjoy the rivers, streams, lakes sloughs and bayous as well as overnight trails and two land-based and four floating platform campsites. The Bartram Canoe Trail was established to mark the water route traveled by William Bartram, a naturalist and explorer who traveled extensively throughout North Baldwin County between 1773 and 1778. His illustrated journals inspired so many Bartram Trails that it would take a lifetime to visit all of them either walking, paddling or by airboat.
For more information, contact the Five Rivers Delta Resource center at 251-625-0814 or https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-alabamas-delta-resource-center.
Also see: https://www.msnbc.msn.com.
Perdido River Canoe Trail
The Perdido River Canoe Trail features a 19-mile segment of the Perdido River in Baldwin County. This section of the river is characterized by gently flowing brackish water over coastal white sand. The river’s many sandbars provide opportunities for paddlers to take breaks, camp or have lunch. There are multiple access points along the river including two launches and one boat ramp. Paddlers can also reserve one of six camping shelters that accommodate up to eight people each.
The new road shown on the map is called Staple Fork Rd which does not exist in Google Maps. It’s just past CR 87, about the 21 mile marker on 112 (Old Pensacola Road). The road conditions are like the one shown below. If you’re planning on hauling a trailer full of kayaks there is no way you are going to make it to the North most access point at Gravel Landing (a 35 minute drive at 15mph). There are some grades that are too acute for a trailer to make it over. Suggest using the Staple Fork Landing. That’s the parking lot below and the sand bar there is great. Plan on putting in there and taking out at Barrineau Park Road, which is paved.
Wild Native Tours
30841 5 Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Wild Native Tours offers a WIDE variety of canoe and kayak tours, gear rentals and delivery services throughout Coastal Alabama. Tour locations include Stockton, Spanish Fort and Gulf Shores.
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