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Guided Canoe Trip: Oxbow Lake Tour in Perry County

Perry Lakes Park State Highway 175, Marion, AL, United States

For this trip, we will be paddling between a series of oxbow lakes and will need to portage (walk between the lakes) at points during the day. These portages are only about 20-30 feet but can be muddy, so wear close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Oxbow lakes are past river channels that

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Guided Canoe Trip: Southern Cahaba Watershed Canoe Tour – Location TBD

Location to be determined. Announcement coming soon!

We will take a trip (Location TBD at a later date) into the beautiful southern half of the Cahaba River watershed. Below Centreville, the Cahaba River is much wider and more meandering than the stretches in the central and northern regions of the watershed. Late Cretaceous melting of ice caps led to what is known as the Mississippi Embayment, a shallow sea that covered much of the southeastern US. As these waters receded they left behind soils that were much sandier and more easily eroded. The edge of this 65 million year old sea is called the "Fall Line" in Alabama. It is the boundary between the harder rocks of the Appalachian Highlands and the softer soils of the Coastal Plain. As the Cahaba River reaches these soft soils in the Coastal Plain, it is able to stretch and meander across the landscape more easily, leading to a wider river.

Guided Canoe Trip: Overnight Tour in Perry County

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park 9518 Cahaba Rd, Orville, AL, United States

Below Centreville, the Cahaba River is much wider and more meandering than the stretches in the central and northern regions of the watershed. Late Cretaceous melting of ice caps led to what is known as the Mississippi Embayment, a shallow sea that covered much of the southeastern US. As these waters receded they left behind soils that were much sandier and more easily eroded. The edge of this 65 million year old sea is called the "Fall Line" in Alabama. It is the boundary between the harder rocks of the Appalachian Highlands and the softer soils of the Coastal Plain. As the Cahaba River reaches these soft soils in the Coastal Plain, it is able to stretch and meander across the landscape more easily, leading to a wider river. The roughly 12 mile stretch we will paddle this weekend is as scenic and remote as any state wilderness area. The land along the river holds beautifully intact riparian forest leading to some spectacular wildlife.

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