12. Dead Lake (2 days/1 night)
Distance: 7 +/- miles
Start: Upper Bryant Landing (private; public use fee associated)
End: Upper Bryant Landing (private; public use fee associated)
Campsites: Dead Lake Island
Type of trail: lake and slough
Habitats: bottomland hardwood swamp, side channel sloughs and backwaters
Reliability: excellent
Recommended water levels: Claiborne Dam river stages ranging from 6 to 19 feet on tailrace reading provide optimum water levels for this route. 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.
The Dead Lake Island campsite has two floating platforms to accommodate larger groups. If your group is larger than eight, the reservation of both platform campsites is required. The map shows the Dead Lake Island trail leaving Upper Bryant Landing paddling west on Tensaw Lake. Day one ends at the floating platform located in the slough west of Dead Lake island. The return route is the same. The paddlers have the option of exploring the side creeks and sloughs as well as Tallapoosa Bayou.