If you're looking for a real wilderness adventure then experience the rain forest-like Mound Island paddle through the second largest river delta in the country, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The trip takes you through narrow bayous and sloughs with Spanish moss laden trees lining the banks then arrives at Mound Island the site of an ancient Native American civilization over 5,000 years ago and is now a National Historic Site.
Destination Distance From Downtown
First, this is a long paddle through narrow bayous and across wide rivers where you will encounter motor boats. And while this paddle is part of the Bartram Canoe Trail and is well marked there is a chance you could float off course down one of the myriads of back bayous. Travel only with experienced paddlers with navigational knowledge.
Time To Complete
This is a long paddle.
Spring, Fall, and Winter
From early fall to mid-spring is the best time to paddle this trail. Late spring and summer brings too many mosquitoes to even attempt the trip and the Southern heat and humidity makes it VERY uncomfortable and even dangerous. A river stage of 6 to 19 feet due to heavy Gulf rains or the release of water from Claiborne Dam upstream make this trip dangerous and should not be paddled. Visit http://water.sam.usace.army.mil/ for water level information.