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15. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta Tract
Date of Purchase: North Delta - 6/12/99 Clearwater - 10/5/99
Location: North of Interstate 65 at the juncture of Baldwin and Mobile Counties
Acreage: 35,795 Acres
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta Tract was purchased to protect the site's diverse natural communities, to provide public outdoor recreational opportunities and to provide opportunities for ecological research and education.
This property is comprised of bottomland hardwoods and cypress/tupelo swamps, bogs, marshes and a variety of other wetland habitats interspersed amid abundant waterways of rivers, creeks, sloughs, ponds and lakes throughout the property. Over 50 rare and endangered plant and animals are currently known to inhabit this area. When the delta is not flooded, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta's unique attributes and scenery provide tremendous opportunities for canoeing, fishing, bird watching and nature study. An extensive canoe trail is being planned to provide over 100 miles of optional routes for day and overnight trips. Camping is permitted in designated areas. Federal wetland grants and private donations are being sought to make additional land acquisitions and improvements in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
During hunting seasons, all other recreational activities are curtailed. This property is managed as part of theUpper Delta Wildlife Management Area for hunting and fishing purposes. A WMA permit is required in addition to regular hunting and fishing licenses. Seasons as well as allowable firearms, fishing gear and bag limits are provided on the WMA permit. Permits are available from the Spanish Fort office of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
There is only one access road to the higher ground on the north end of this property. St. Luke Road leads west into the tract from State Highway 59 about halfway between Stockton and the Tensaw community in north Baldwin County. 75% or more of the property is accessible by boat only. There are several private boat launches available in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. The only authorized motorized boat launch within the Forever Wild property is from St. Luke Road.