8. Spoonbill Sandbar (2 days/1 night)
Distance: 16 miles
Start: French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk
End: Hubbard Landing (private; public use fee associated)
Campsites: Spoonbill Sandbar
Type of trail: creek, lake, and slough
Habitats: bottomland hardwood swamp, flowing creeks, side channel sloughs and backwaters
Recommended water levels: Claiborne Dam river stages ranging from 10 to 19 feet on tailrace readings provide optimum water levels for this route. Levels from 15 to18 are the absolute best for the Globe and Bear Creek systems. River stages above these values should be considered hazardous. For water level information at Claiborne Dam, call
1-888-771-4601 or visit http://water.sam.usace.army.mil or http://al.water.usgs.gov.
Overnight Route # 2 begins at the French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk and ends at Hubbard Landing with a stop at Spoonbill Sandbar land based campsite. French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk is located on the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Clearwater
Tract. To locate French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk, traveling north of Stockton, AL, on Highway 225/59, follow signs to the Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area and then follow signs to French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk. The map shows French's Lake is a small slough-like area on Major’s Creek, prior to the creek splitting into several channels. The multiple channels can be confusing, so it is important for users to closely follow the marked route. Once the paddler reaches the old Alabama River channel, the route continues downstream (paddlers left) to the Spoonbill Sandbar campsite. After spending the night, the trail proceeds down the Alabama River to Little Bear Creek, Bear Creek and Big Beaver Creek and then into the upper portion of Tensaw Lake before reaching the end at Hubbard Landing.
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Mar 22, 24-26
FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The Little River Canyon National Preserve has released dates for upcoming paddle trips to take place in the backcountry portion of the preserve. This section of Little River has easy paddling with level one and two rapids.Read More
The popular paddle trips will be led by National Park Ranger Larry Beane.
The first scheduled trip will be Saturday, March 4. Other dates for the paddle trips are tentatively scheduled for March 6, 8, 9, 14, 22, 24-26, weather permitting.
The park is planning to provide free shuttle service for these events. Paddlers will need to bring their own kayak/canoe, paddle, life preservers, food, water, hat and sunscreen. For those without equipment, the park has six kayaks, paddles and lifejackets available for public use. To reserve these kayaks, get your reservations in early.
A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips.
Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip, so please call the National Park Service office at (256) 845-9605 or email Ranger Beane to RSVP. Although the program is free, RSVP is required. Time and meeting place will be given upon registration.
Park Superintendent Steve Black invites you to come enjoy this free program. For more information, call (256)845-9605.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1PM.Read More
Join us on our fun FREE annual float down Dog River on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1PM. This year’s event will begin and end at the Perch Creek launch sites. Come to the River Shack Restaurant and Grill for a post Drift party. The Great Drift helps to promote the Dog River Scenic Blueway; a string of sites along Dog River that provide public access to the River and all its natural beauty. Questions or want to help with this year’s event? Email email@example.com.
This year's event is designed to be more family- and beginner-friendly, taking place in the protected waters of Perch Creek, a Dog River tributary. Safety boats will accompany the paddlers.
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May 1 2017 the Alabama Scenic River Trail will be holding our Second Quarter meeting at Mellow Mushroom 810 Inverness Cors, Birmingham, AL 35242. The...Read More