Cruise America's Amazon with exciting, educational experiences from Blakely State Park

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Posted 1/11/23

In Baldwin County, a 90-minute excursion into the wild and scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta, known as the "American Amazon," introduces visitors and residents alike to a truly astounding natural …

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Cruise America's Amazon with exciting, educational experiences from Blakely State Park

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In Baldwin County, a 90-minute excursion into the wild and scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta, known as the "American Amazon," introduces visitors and residents alike to a truly astounding natural habitat.

Blakeley State Park is hosting that cruise, which departs from the Bartram dock at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Catch this adventure three times in January: Friday, Jan. 20, from 4:45-5:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10-11:30 a.m. and again that day from 1-2:30 p.m.

The park is also offering two guided trips to the side of Old Mobile: Alabama's First European Settlement. This one-of-a-kind excursion journeys through the storied waters of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to the original site of the town of Mobile, founded in 1702. Located along the banks of the Mobile River 27 miles north of modern downtown, "Old Mobile" served as the capital of French Louisiana until it was relocated to the current site of Mobile in 1711.

The trip requires a short hike. There are no dock facilities, so guests also must be able to climb up a low riverside bluff using a ladder with staff assistance. Come prepared for a true outdoor adventure and potentially get a little muddy as we make our way to the site.

These cruises depart from Live Oak Landing on Hwy. 225 near Stockton.

The first cruise sets sail Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second outing is Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The final cruise destinations for the month take guests to a site accessible only by water, the Bottle Creek Mound Complex.

The stunning site features 18 earthen mounds, built centuries ago by Native Americans and once one of the largest communities in the Southeast. Guests may climb the tallest of the mounds, which rises some 45 feet above the delta marsh. This cruise is only offered in the fall and winter.

Passengers will board at Live Oak Landing, located just off of Alabama State Highway 225, less than a mile north of I-65 in the Stockton area. Arrive early to board for the cruise.

Wear shoes suitable for hiking about a half mile and bring snacks/water as desired. Be aware if there are high water levels in the Delta which flood Mound Island, the trip may need to be rescheduled. The excursion to the Bottle Creek Mound Complex sails on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register or learn more about these trips, visit www.blakeleypark.com.

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