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Bartram Canoe Trails

Alabama And Baldwin County's Best

Many people from all around the country have taken advantage to the great canoe trails put together by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resouces. This page is provided to give you a easy to use place to get to the information. In addition, we are providing a digital version of the trails in KMZ format at the bottom of this page.

The Outdoor Alabama website has all the information about the trails and direct links are provided below.
The trails are listed here and broken down in three distinct types.

Day Use Trails

Globe Creek
Red Hill / Proctor Creek Trail
Douglas Lake Trail
Richardson Island Trail
Fisher Island Trail
Indian Mound Island Trail

Overnight Trails

Land Based Campsites
Designated Overnight Route # 1: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Designated Overnight Route # 2: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Designated Overnight Route # 3: 3 Days/ 2 Night
Float/Water Based Campsites
Canal Island: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Dead Lake Island: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Jug lake: 2 Days / 1 Night
Jug lake: 2 Days / 1 Night

Whether you are a novice or experienced canoeist, there is a trail here for you. Be aware that currents on the Tensaw River can vary greatly depending on water levels. Water levels given are based on Claiborne Lock and Dam. Many of the calls we get, relating to the trails, are not for lost persons, but for people who underestimated the river or overestimated their ability or fitness. Some of the trails have parts that require you to paddle upstream. In late August when the river is down, that is not a great feat. But as winter rolls in and the rains fall in North Alabama, she turns into a different thing altogether. Trails blur as the water level comes up, making finding your way much more difficult. And, not to mention, turning around almost impossible. The Outdoor Alabama Bartram Canoe Trails website has notes about the best water level for each trial under the trail description. Pay close attention to the forcast water levels.

And finally, as a service to you, we are providing you with a Google Earth kmz file of the trails. There are notes on each trail to help you find your way. This file was created using the maps provided on the DCNR website, but some of the trails may not be exact. Specifically the trails that connect Stiggins Lake to the Tensaw and the trail leading out of Frenchs Lake. If you have track files that you can provide of your trip, please email them to us so that we can make updates to our trails kmz file. GPX format is preferred but any format will do. We will organize route files and provide them here once they are available.