Come join Campus Recreation and Outdoor Adventures as we Camp/Canoe and Kayak the Bartram Trail Overnight Route #1 on Saturday-Sunday, April 6/7. The variety of wildlife and vegetation are two of the features that make this trip stand out as we paddle through an old river channel, creek, lake, and slough in a traditional bayou setting with cypress trees, flowers, blue herons, ibis, egrets, and scores of other birds. Alligators, swamp rabbits, raccoons, deer, and bobcats are common. Feral pigs run rampant and some black bear remain. We will also stop at Mound Island, the site of eighteen religious ceremonial mounds, the largest of which rises 45 feet. This area is designated as a National Historic Landmark; tribes lived in this area from at least 1500 B.C.; the Taensa Indians once lived on the shores of the river which bears their name, the Tensaw.
Day 1 – Leave Rec Center at 8:00 a.m. Drive 1 hour to Stockton, Alabama. Leave Rice Creek Landing, paddle to and explore Mound Island. Continue paddling and then set up camp at Two Rivers Point.
Day 2 – Paddle back to Rice Creek Landing. Drive back to Mobile (3 p.m. ?)
Paddle distance: about 8 miles each day.
Cost: $30 for students and $32 for family members, $35 for staff/faculty/alums and $37 for family members, $45 for non-USA. Price includes transportation, tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, canoes and kayaks. Does not include food.
How to sign-up: Leave a check for the full amount payable to “U.S.A.” (sorry, no cash) along with your name(s) and cell phone number(s) at the Front Desk of the Student Recreation Center. We will call you to confirm your place on the trip along with more information. We will accept registrants until day prior to trip. Fee is non-refundable within 2 days of trip UNLESS we can replace you or trip is canceled. Checks will not be deposited until completion of trip; if trip is canceled (rain or air temperature below 60 degrees), all fees will be refunded.
Trip limit: maximum of fourteen, minimum of eight.
Mandatory trip meeting on Thursday, April 4, 8:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. We will discuss trip, sign forms, hand out gear, answer questions.