Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail

The Bartram Canoe Trail system provides opportunities for recreational boaters, specifically canoes and kayakers, to enjoy the rivers, streams, lakes, sloughs and bayous of the Delta.

photo: Jug Lake Floating Platform Type: Water Trail
Length: 154.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Camping
Fishing
Heritage and History
Hunting
Swimming
Wildlife Observation
Agency:
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in Baldwin County.
States: Alabama
Counties: Baldwin
Latitude: 31.01567   Longitude: -87.87961

Many access points along Hwy 59 between Tensaw and Stockton, AL

Description

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is our nation's second largest river delta. It encompasses a vast wetland characterized by estuarine 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 region encompasses over 250,000 acres, of which over 100,000 are publicly owned and managed. In January 2003 the Alabama State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources implemented the Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail system which provides opportunities for recreational boaters, specifically canoeists and kayakers, to enjoy the rivers, streams, lakes, sloughs and bayous of the Delta.

Currently the Alabama State Lands Division maintains 6 day use trails and six overnight trails. There are two land based campsites and four floating platform campsites available for the overnight routes. The land-based camping areas are open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. The floating platform campsites are limited to groups no larger than eight and are available by reservation only. Reservations are limited to canoeists and kayakers. Motorized vessels are prohibited at campsites. For more information about reservations, trip planning, rules of use, or fees, go to www.bartramcanoetrail.com.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Water, moving
Secondary Surface: Water, moving
Water, still

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail Brochure
Website: Bartram Canoe Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Hank Burch
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort , AL 36527
(251) 625-0814
hank.burch@dcnr.alabama.gov

 

Photos

Relaxing on the Water

Relaxing on the Water

Bartram Canoe Trail Sign

Bartram Canoe Trail Sign

 

Setting up Camp

Setting up Camp

Cooking Dinner

Cooking Dinner

 

Land Based Campsite

Land Based Campsite

Jug Lake Floating Platform

Jug Lake Floating Platform

 

Exploring the Delta

Exploring the Delta

Coming Ashore

Coming Ashore

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