Perdido River Canoe Trail Now Open!
 
The Alabama State Lands Division has launched its new canoe trails website, www.alabamacanoetrails.com. The site features information and maps needed to plan an adventure on the Bartram Canoe Trail or the newly opened Perdido River Canoe Trail. The site also makes it easy for paddlers to make overnight camping reservations for both trails.
 
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.
 
Opened in 2003, the Bartram Canoe Trail system provides paddling opportunities on the rivers, streams, lakes, sloughs and bayous of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The State Lands Division maintains six day-use trails and six overnight trails on the Bartram. There are two land-based campsites and four floating platform campsites available for the overnight routes. The land-based camping areas are open on a first-come, first-served basis. The floating platform campsites are limited to groups no larger than eight and are available by online reservation only. Additional pile-supported, land-based camping shelters will be constructed in the coming months.
 
Both trails are open to canoes and kayaks only. The Perdido River Canoe Trail is accessible via the Perdido Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Baldwin County. The Bartram Canoe Trail is accessible from the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort or one of many local landings. Overnight camping reservations ($26.50 per night) for both the Bartram and Perdido Canoe Trails are limited to paddlers only. This project is funded with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Paddlers are encouraged to check water levels and weather while planning their trips on the Perdido and Bartram trails. More planning tips can be found on the Alabama State Lands Division Canoe Trails website, www.alabamacanoetrails.com.
 
In addition to the Perdido River Canoe Trail, the Perdido River WMA Hiking Trail is being constructed through a partnership between the Alabama State Lands Division and the Alabama Hiking Trail Society. The trail is blazed in yellow and is a mixture of WMA roads and newly constructed path that follows the river for most of the hike. For more information about the hiking trail, visit www.hikealabama.org.
 
Alabama State Lands is a Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and performs a broad range of land management activities relating to state-owned land. Most lands managed by the Division are trust lands managed for a specific purpose.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com. 
 
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Perdido's many sandbars provide opportunities for paddlers to take breaks, camp or have lunch.

 

The Perdido River features gently flowing brackish water over coastal white sand.

 

Paddlers can reserve one of six camping shelters along the Perdido River that accommodate up to eight people each.

 

There are two land-based campsites and four floating platform campsites available on the Bartram Canoe Trail.