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Map Helps Canoeists Plan Route in Mobile-Tensaw Delta

July 24, 2006

A new map of the Bartram Canoe Trail is now available to those planning a canoe trip in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The map, published by the State Lands Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, folds out to 24 x 35 inches. An overview of the trail system is on one side, while the other side contains detailed maps of 13 individual parts of the trail. Maps may be requested by telephone at 334-242-3484 or by sending an email .

The Bartram Canoe Trail system provides opportunities for recreational boaters, specifically canoeists and kayakers, to enjoy the rivers, streams, lakes sloughs and bayous of the Delta. The area has more than 50 rare and endangered plant and animal species that inhabit its wetlands and waterways. Designated routes wind through the Delta along a series of interconnected waterways that stretches for 200 miles. The new map is a useful planning tool for those who want to explore the nation’s second largest river delta. A description for each portion of the trail along with distances, beginning and ending places and recommended water levels is included on the map. Additionally, Global Positioning System coordinates are listed for put-in/take-out points and camping sites and platforms.

The State Lands Division maintains six day-use canoe trails and six overnight canoe trails. Two land-based campsites and four floating platforms are available for the overnight routes. The land-base camping sites are open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. The floating platform campsites are limited to groups no larger than eight people and are available by reservation only. The platforms may be reserved online.

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