5. Fisher Island Trail (day use)
Distance: 8.9 miles (additional miles possible via adjacent sloughs and creeks)
Start: Rice Creek Landing
End: Rice Creek Landing
Type of trail: creek, lake, and slough
Habitats: bottomland hardwood swamp, flowing creeks, side channel sloughs and backwaters
Reliability: excellent
Optimal water levels: Claiborne Dam river stages ranging from 6 to 19 feet on tailrace reading provide optimum water levels for this route. River stages above these values should be considered hazardous. For water level information at Claiborne Dam, call 1-888-771-4601.
The Fisher Island day trail begins at Rice Creek Landing, located on the Forever wild Land Trust’s Delta Tract, 2.9 miles north of the Highway 225/59 split in Stockton, AL, on Baldwin County Rd. 21. The maps show the trail proceeding out of Rice Creek, around the south end of Richardson Island and past Larry Island, across the Tensaw River and in Bayou Jessamine. The Trail then splits from Bayou Jessamine, proceeding north into a body of water known locally as Jug Lake, which bends around Fisher Island. The return leg follows the same route. Paddlers have several options for selecting the length and duration of this day trip, especially when incorporating side trips.