Magnolia River and Weeks Bay

Foley, Alabama 36535

Magnolia River and Weeks Bay

Magnolia River & Weeks Bay Professional Review and Guide

"The distinguishing features on this lazy float trip down the deep, wide Magnolia are not necessarily flora and fauna; however, the area does have more than its fair share. The first part of this trip is marked by something not usually encountered on other trips in this book: houses, beautiful and ornate, lining the banks; houses that reflect old southern style and charm. The river and its surrounding beauty still shine through. Alabama is a large state with diverse forms of plants and wildlife species.

The Magnolia River is located in south Baldwin County, east of Weeks Bay, which is a small estuarine embayment off Mobile Bay containing approximately 3 square miles of open shallow water averaging 4.5 feet in depth. Weeks Bay is fringed with Spartina and Juncus marsh and swamp (with pine, oak, maple, and cypress trees, among others). Weeks Bay receives salt water from the Gulf of Mexico through Mobile Bay and fresh water from the Magnolia and Fish Rivers. It is a critical nursery for fish, crustaceans, and shellfish. Like the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, the combination of salt water and fresh water makes Weeks Bay a diverse and fragile habitat for plants and wildlife."

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Magnolia River & Weeks Bay Reviews

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If you're looking for a relaxing paddle with beautiful scenery, this is a terrific spot. Beautiful homes line the river, so you’ll get a chance to see them from a unique perspective along with the lovely natural scenery. It’s a great paddling route for enjoying nature as well as for fantasizing what it would be like to live in a big house along the river. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the water here is always cold due to the fact that the Magnolia River is spring-fed – even during the peak of broiling hot summertime in south Alabama. If you like the idea of swimming in super-cold water, take a break from paddling and dive in at the “cold hole” at the spring.
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Paddled this river 2x now, once in February, and once in summer. Both trips were great. Beautiful scenery, easy paddle, swimmable water.

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
3.5 hours or more
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Magnolia Springs
Local Maps

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Oct 2018