Launch Cost: $3.00 (Office opens at 6:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm.) Outside of those hours, go the the guard shack. Must have boat launch pass displayed in vehicle.
Destination: Explore Bayou Zeast. There are no public launches nearby so it requires a 9 mile paddle just to get to it.
Trip Rating: Difficult. Long distance. Open waters. Potential for strong current and large waves.
Distance: 30 miles (round trip).
Paddle time: 10 hours at a leisurely pace.
Weather: Fog in the morning, then mostly sunny. High about 90, very little wind. Tiding coming in. Current about 1/2 mph or less.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header image is a photomerge showing the Dolly Parton bridge. A work crew is putting together a replacement bridge for a railroad trestle about 7 miles downstream.|
|1) Conditions at the start of this morning's paddle - hot, armpit drenching humidity, and steamy hot. Glasses kept fogging up.|
|2) A foggy sunrise. It didn't take long for the fog to burn off.|
|3) Mobile River had minimal current and almost no wind. The I-65 bridge can be seen over the trees on the horizon.|
|5) Bayou Zeast is wide to begin with and it seems to go on forever.|
|6) Further upstream Bayou Zeast begins to narrow.|
|7) Almost all the area along Bayou Zeast is a low elevation fresh water cypress swamp. Had the water been 3 foot higher, it would have been possible to paddle just about anywhere.|
|8) There are a couple dozen trees of respectable size in upper Bayou Zeast.|
|10) It is a tree frog (pun intended).|