Route: Down Bates Lake to the Tombigbee, up the Tombigbee to Bilbo Creek and back.
|1) I've never been to Bates Lake. While river levels were up, I wanted to explore Bilbo Creek. This is the Bates Lake launch site and those trees behind the kayak are not usually in the water.|
|3) Saw some sort of tree growing along the banks with big leaves, a type tree not seen in the lower delta. I think it's catawpa trees.|
|4) The life of this camp called, "Cotton Mouth" near the entrance to Bilbo Creek is definitely slithering away.|
|5) There were some beautiful moss draped trees along Bilbo Creek.|
|7) This shot was taken near the Laurel Shanty landing which doesn't appear to be a pubic landing.|
|8) Near the end of Bilbo Creek were several areas of cypress trees in their prime foliage state. It was beautiful. Time ran out before I could finish exploring this creek.|
|9) When there are flooding conditions, the main river current is usually swift. Today it was running 3.5 mph. It took a while to go upstream at 1.5 mph. The return trip was a breeze at 7 mph.|
|10) Sunset on Bates Lake.|
If you are ever looking for someplace new to kayak, consider Bates Lake which is about 45 minutes north of Mobile. There is a lot to explore up in this area. Within 2 miles of Bates Lake, there is Bilbo Creek, Bates Creek, Poll Bayou, Doctor Lake, Jim Burr Lake, Hals Lake and more. When the water level is normal, there are sandbars on the Tombigbee to camp on. Today, there were no sandbars.