9. Spoonbill Sandbar/Two Rivers Point (3 days/2nights)
Distance: 30 miles
Start: French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk
End: Rice Creek Landing
Campsites: Spoonbill Sandbar, Two Rivers Point
Type of trail: river, creek, lake, and slough
Habitats: old river channel, bottomland hardwood swamp, flowing creeks, side channel sloughs and backwaters
Reliability: Good
Recommended water levels: Claiborne Dam river stages ranging from 10 to 19 feet on tailrace reading provide optimum water levels for this route. Levels from 15 to 18 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 # 3 is a combination of routes #1 and #2, which begins at French’s Lake Coastal Access Kiosk, Holley Creek or Boatyard Lake Landings. Both of the latter locations are privately owned, but allow for public use in the form of fee-associated boat launching and overnight vehicle parking. The map shows the trail begins in Major‘s Creek working its way to the old Alabama River channel. Day one ends at the Spoonbill
Sandbar campsite. Day two proceeds down the Alabama River to Little Bear Creek, Bear Creek, Stiggins Lake and the Tensaw River. Day two ends at the Two Rivers Point campsite. On day three the paddlers proceed down the Tensaw River and then into Bottle Creek, connecting to Bayou Jessamine, and then out to Rice Creek Landing after crossing the Tensaw River and Briar Lake.