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25. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta-McMillan 1 Tract
Date of purchase: March 15, 2003
Location: Baldwin County; Tract 1 Township 1N, Range 2E, Section 29
THE MOBILE-TENSAW DELTA-MCMILLAN 1, 2 & 3 TRACTS in Baldwin County consist of tract #1 181 acres, tract #2 151 acres, and tract #3 308 acres of wetlands dominated by flood prone hardwood timber adjoining previously purchased land along Bottle Creek and Mifflin Lake. A $1,000,000 grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Program permitted this purchase of unique habitats essential for avian conservation, as well as several rare, threatened species of plants and animals.
The Mobile Tensaw Delta is the nations second largest river delta. This highly productive delta provides habitat for the rare red bellied turtle, herons, kites, water snakes and game fish. The delta has over 50 rare and endangered plant and animals known to inhabit its vast bottomlands, wetlands, and waterways. When the delta is not flooded it provides opportunity 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.
These tracts are only accessible by water. Tract #1 can be accessed off the Tensaw river to the west or Tensaw Lake to the east. Tract #2 can be accessed off Bottle Creek via either the Tensaw of Middle Rivers. Tract #3 can be accessed of Little Bayou Jessamine or Fisher Lake to the northwest of Mifflin Lake to the south. All three tracts are located north of Interstate 65 in the vicinity of Aikin Island.