Friday, January 15, 2016

Dauphin Island Launch Site Changes

The protective rock piles perpendicular to the shore on the East end of Dauphin Island by Fort Gaines helped calm the waters making for an easier kayak launch. This is how the area looked in the past, with about 5-6 rows of rock piles.

Work crews recently removed all those rows of rocks and moved them to a single row of rocks going to the southwest with two small gaps.

The good news is if the winds are out of the south or south east, the new rock jetties will make launching a kayak even easier. The bad news is I suspect when winds are out if the southwest launching a kayak will be more difficult.

However, there is a beach restoration planned and if they extend the sand far enough out toward the rocks, that may make launching easy regardless of wind direction.

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