Alabama paddling trails have coastal habitats which are a surprise for many new visitors and include white sand beaches and dunes, oyster reefs, freshwater and forested wetlands, and pine savannas. Mobile Bay separates the two coastal counties, and its shallow depth of only about 10 feet is fed by freshwater from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Alligators, sea turtles, dolphins, speckled trout, and a wide variety of coastal birds are common along the coast. For many migratory birds, Dauphin Island is the first place to rest after crossing the Gulf of Mexico, making the island a popular destination for birders and paddlers alike. Find your adventure and explore the wonders of Dauphin Island, canoe the freshwaters of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta along routes of the Bartram Canoe Trail, or kayak along the Back Bay Blueway in South Baldwin County. The Alabama State Lands Division manages over 170 miles of water trails and provides maps and tips for planning your trip. Check out the Alabama state paddling website for more information.