Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddling

In Coastal Alabama the water is calling to you. Answer with a canoe or kayak adventure along our rivers and bays. Set the pace and enjoy the views.

kayak, North Baldwin
Enjoy a slow-paced day of kayaking in North Baldwin County.


  • Spend a day canoeing or kayaking along the Southern end of the William Bartram Canoe Trail, which is more than 200 miles long and winds through Mobile’s rivers and bays. The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is the second largest river delta in the country and the largest in the state of Alabama.

Eastern Shore

  • Take a tour of the impressive 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, where you will see life flourish at the mouth of the Blakeley, Apalachee, Tensaw, Spanish and Mobile Rivers. Turtles, alligators, coastal birds and many other species thrive here.
  • Visit the Weeks Bay Estuary Research Center and explore many coastal birds, animals and plants, and take a short venture to the rare Pitcher Plant Bog nearby.
  • 17 Turtles offers kayak and canoe rentals from Weeks Bay Plantation.

North Baldwin

  • Take a glorious morning or afternoon tour of the Delta from Live Oak Landing or the northern part of the amazing William Bartram Canoe Trail, where you can see hundreds of species of birds, water and land-going animals, flora and fauna and one-of-a-kind ecosystems.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

  • Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a variety of ways to explore amazing wildlife, scenery, flora and fauna along the coast, back bays, rivers and lakes. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard from one of the area’s many rental businesses and visit launches in Orange Beach, the Gulf State Park or Gulf Shore’s Little Lagoon.
  • The Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center is a wonderful resource, whether you are an avid water enthusiast or new to watersports. They offer sailing and PaddleFit classes as well as paddleboard rentals and special events.
  • Book a guided kayak tour with Wild Native Tours. Your tour guide will meet you at Happy Harbor in Gulf Shores and a three-hour trip that immerses you in coastal wilderness. A highlight of these excursions is the likelihood of spotting a bottlenose dolphin!


  • Kayak or canoe the pristine habitats and waterways of the Wolf Bay Watershed, launching from either Graham Creek Nature Preserve or Wolf Creek Park.
  • Wolf Creek Park offers 20 acres along a launch and fishing pier just outside of town. Like Wolf Creek, Graham Creek Nature Preserve is home to hundreds of plant and wildlife species thriving on almost 500 acres of natural habitats including pine savannas, bottom land wetlands, mixed forest and tidal marshes.

South Mobile

  • Paddle your way around one of the most diverse, unique areas in the country on Dauphin Island, home to one of the top migratory birding trails/paths in the United States.