SALT will host a guided paddle trip on Perch Creek in Mobile, Nov. 21, to explore the Blueway Trails of Perch Creek and learn about the new land of an upcoming conservation agreement between SALT and the City of Mobile.
Paddlers will meet at the McNally Park launch at 11 a.m. The three-hour trip will include stops, so paddlers should bring a snack or bag lunch. Paddlers should bring their own kayak or canoe, or, rentals will be available for $40/kayak and $50/canoe.
“This will be a great opportunity to meander along the shorelines of the creek, the last undeveloped tributary of Dog River,” Connie Whitaker, executive director of SALT said. “The area is rich in wildlife, all of which find food and refuge among the quiet wetlands along the creek.”
Perch Creek is part of the Dog River Scenic Blueway. In 2018 it was added to the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. For its part, the City of Mobile purchased 96 acres on Perch Creek with funds from NFWF (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to maintain it as green space and a nature park with passive recreation opportunities. The conservation easement agreement with SALT protects the intent for these parcels.
To register for the Nov. 21 paddle trip, click southalabamalandtrust.org/paddle-trips/. For more information, call 251-990-5004.