I'm going on a family trip to Orange Beach, AL, soon and wanted to take the canoe. I don't plan on getting out on the ocean, but wanted to paddle some of the water on the opposite side of our resort.
I viewed the launch map, but didn't find anything close to my resort (Phoenix X on the AL-FL line). There are tons of private and corporate docks in the area. I was wondering if anyone had advice on looking for places to launch or asking for access at/near a beach.
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Go out early in the morning|
Posted by: clarion on Jun-25-13 1:14 PM (EST)
The best scouting in a crowded and busy place is very early in the a.m. Get your coffee and look around. And get a tide chart and be cognizant of the tides and their effect on accessibility and strong currents in constricted areas. You don't want to get out in the bay in a falling tide only to find you can't get back to the put in 4 hours later.
Posted by: eaglebkh on Jun-27-13 1:07 PM (EST)
Hadn't though about the tide levels. Thanks!
Local paddle shops or CC|
Posted by: pikabike on Jun-25-13 1:46 PM (EST)
Paddle shop staff, if there are any nearby, can give you that kind of info. If not, try the Chamber of Commerce; even though they probably won't have specific info, they might provide you with names of other hotels or whatever whom you could contact. Maybe you could offer to pay a fee for the access.
I just stumbled over the launch site map|
Posted by: davavd on Jun-27-13 2:48 PM (EST)
under the go paddling tab at the top of this page, while looking at an ad, and wondered if the OP, like me, might have forgotten about it. I just learned about a good spot to throw my boat in the water in the Destin area.