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However, around every bend is a downed tree or branch that requires some maneuvering or ducking. If the water were any higher, the trip would not be possible due to the quantity of downed trees and their distance to the water. It hadn't rained in Mobile for about 2 weeks when we went and the trees were still only about 3 feet off the water. But I will say this, its makes the trip pretty adventurous because itís not as simple as just paddling up and back again
While there are a couple of very shallow and seemingly un-traveled tributaries worth exploring on the park side of the river, b/w I-65 and Hwy 213, for my money the north side of the river, beyond Hwy 213 is the best.
As we paddled one of the tributaries on the park side, we got to our first downed branch when we realized there was a hornets nest swarming with angry bees that prevented us from going any further. Due to the amount of little branches coming off of that main branch I donít think we could have passed the obstacle without disturbing the swarm and being stung into a coma. Therefore we doubled back and continued north on the main river.
North of 213 the river is shallow, the current is stronger, and the scenery is much more fantastic for some reason. With that being said I would recommend launching at 213 instead of at the park. There are places to put in on either side of the bridge; you just wonít have the same security for your vehicles.
All in all, I really enjoyed this trip. Not boring, very clean (from human trash any way) and very scenic. I took some pictures that would have you guessing what part of the country I was in!
You can make it an overnighter with assigned primitive camp spots, or you can make it an enjoyable day trip. Either way you will enjoy it!
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