Bayou Saint John

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Summary

Bayou Saint John, the southern end of the Orange Beach Canoe Trail, delivers charming views of homes and docks, a pleasant trail to paddle.

Written by

Cindy M. Jones

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.1 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Mississippi Avenue and Look Rook Road launches explore Bayou Saint John which flows past Ono Island and into Terry Cove. Part of the Perdido Pass water channel, Bayou Saint John is the eastern channel for Perdido River moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Beginning at the Mississippi Avenue launch, it is almost a mile and a half paddle to Look Rook Road Launch. A little over midway of the Orange Beach Canoe Trail, Bayou Saint John is saturated with character. White sandy beaches, tree-lined shores, dock after dock decorate this trail like a saltlife garland. Some of the most interesting homes can be seen on the shores and across the way on Ono Island.

What Makes It Great

Bayou Saint John doesn’t include as much natural woodland or wetland views that other sections of the Orange Beach Canoe Trail offer. But makes up for the lack with every type of waterfront home one could want to gaze at. From rustic and quaint to the extreme and lofty, the homes are as lovely as the natural surroundings.

Who is Going to Love It

Mississippi Avenue and Look Rook Road offer a very abbreviated paddle but packed with the flare that Better Homes and Gardens would envy. Fishing is another asset of the Bayou. Grasslands and shallow water in some places attract the coastal birds. Watching them swoop down for a catch is always entertaining.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Open during daylight hours only. No littering. No glass containers permitted. Do not disturb or harass wildlife. Public access points are clearly signed. Please stay on the trail and respect private property. Personal flotation devices are required for each occupant of the canoe.

No motorized watercraft may be launched from these sites.

No fees for parking and is on a first come first serve basis.

To Mississippi Ave: From the intersection of AL 59 South, (or Gulf Shores Parkway), and AL 180 East Fort Morgan Road Trail/Alabama Coastal Connection. Take a left onto East Fort Morgan Road/AL-180 E/Alabama's Coastal Connection for 0.3 miles and turn left onto E 2nd St/Alabama Coastal Connection. Follow E 2nd Street for 1 mile until it makes a sharp right turn at a stop sign and becomes Canal Street/Alabama Coastal Connection. Follow for 10 miles. Turn right onto Pompano Ave. for 0.2 miles which turns slightly left and becomes S. Bayshore Drive for 0.2 miles. Bayshore Dr. intersects with Mississippi Ave. Launch is on right. Look for canoe trail marker. Parking is limited.

To Look Rook Rd: From the intersection of AL 59 South, (or Gulf Shores Parkway), and AL 180 East Fort Morgan Road Trail/Alabama Coastal Connection. Take a left onto East Fort Morgan Road/AL-180 E/Alabama's Coastal Connection for 0.3 miles and turn left onto E 2nd St/Alabama Coastal Connection. Follow E 2nd Street for 1 mile until it makes a sharp right turn at a stop sign and becomes Canal Street/Alabama Coastal Connection. Follow for 8.9 miles. Turn right onto Look Rook Rd. for 0.1 miles, continue onto Jackson Ave. for 0.1 miles. Look for canoe trail marker. Parking is limited.

Location

Orange Beach Canoe Trail

Gulf Shores, AL,
30.267348, -87.636124

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