Scenes from beautiful Merritt's Mill Pond in Florida.
Loxahatchee River is about an 8 mile long river north of West Palm Beach in Florida. It is Florida’s first National Wild and Scenic River receiving the federal designation in 1985. A National Wild and Scenic River is designation for protected areas in the United States.
One thing I can say for Florida - they value their waterways and it attracts a lot of tourists including kayakers and canoeists. Alabama values their waterways as trash chutes which is why kayak tourism is about dead in Alabama.
Scenes from the Okefenokee swamp in Georiga.
Scenes from Myakka River
Scenes from the highly protected south side of Myakka River. Only 30 people per day are allowed to get permits to paddle to the south side. Wildlife was amazingly abundant.
Event: Paddle Bayou La Batre
Date: October 18, 2014
Distance: 6 miles
Registration Info : www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/
Event organizers say, "Paddlers will have an up-close and personal experience of being on a true working bayou, lined with shipyards, shrimp boats, oyster skiffs and scenic natural vistas."
I encourage everyone to join this paddle event to experience the scenic views along Bayou La Batre which is just a short distance away from Mobile, Alabama. The colorful shrimp boats reflecting off the calm waters are a beautiful site to behold. You'll get to see a wide variety of birds along the shorelines and the mile long shoreline trash pile that Bayou La Batre is worldly famous for. Bayou La Batre is the Seafood Capital of Alabama where much of your seafood is processed. After you paddle this event you may start looking at food labels to make sure your seafood is NOT processed in Bayou La Batre.
Eight Mile Creek is one of Mobile County's hidden nature jewels. Lots of wildlife to observe along the isolated creek if you don't mind paddling through a garbage chute. But, that is typical of all of Mobile County's waterways.