Blakeley Adds Tour of Delta Indian Mounds
Second Tour Sunday, Dec. 14 to Remote Site
‘Tis the season to explore the remote Bottle Creek Indian Mounds deep in the wilds of the Tensaw-Mobile River Delta and for those who missed the sold-out tour Nov. 30, Blakeley State Park has another one Sunday, Dec. 14.
Reservations are now being accepted for the Dec. 14 excursion aboard Blakeley Park's 50-passenger Delta Explorer. With Delta waters lowest of the year, the park owned and operated pontoon boat glides through bayous and marshes to pull directly onto the mound island inhabited by Indians before the Gulf Coast area was colonized.
The Delta Explorer leaves from Lower Bryant's Landing near Stockton at 9:30 a.m. returning about 12:30 or 1 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard documented boat piloted by a licensed captain with Blakeley Park rangers as crewmates and narrators is part of Blakeley's outreach program of educational exploration.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for children under 12. Because of walking and some climbing required to reach the top of the mounds, the tour is not recommended for younger children or adults with health problems that would handicap their participation. Seating is first come-first served or can be reserved in advance using major credit cards by calling 251-626-5581.
Walking shoes, comfortable clothing, windbreakers, binoculars and cameras are recommended for the trip. The covered boat is equipped with a restroom, marine radio and loudspeaker system. It is powered by twin 150 hp four-stroke marine engines.
All proceeds from the operations of Blakeley's Delta Explorer go toward maintaining of the state park located on State Highway 225 just north of Spanish Fort. The park is open daily for RV and tent camping, day use, horseback riding and other recreational opportunities. The Delta Explorer is available for charter by groups as well as public walk-on ecotours. For more information, go to www.blakeleypark.com.
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Visitors to Blakeley State Park with patience can see wildlife like this young mother raccoon and two of her four babies exploring the Washington Square picnic area this week (Aug. 24) She is leading them down from one of the park's huge, old oak trees. Click here to view the photo. (Photo by Jo Ann Flirt)
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