Paddle Report: Ingram's Bayou, Monday, September 17
Four Slackers turned out for the Ingram's Bayou paddle - Peggy Crittendon, Bob Andrews, Joe Cropenski, and Larry McDuff. With miles of undeveloped coastline, this is probably the largest pristine area on the Alabama Gulf Coast..
Paddling south in a light chop from the put-in at the foot of County Road 95, we soon rounded the point and turned back to the north in smooth waters. Passing through the marshes at the head of Ingram's Bayou, we entered a spring-fed freshwater creek previously unknown even to Bob Andrews, who explored the creek to the limits of navigation where there was a beaver dam across the creek. Standing in the cool spring water we enjoyed grapes and cheese from Peggy's cooler.
On the return trip we took a little spray from the increasing northeast wind before entering Stone Quarry Bayou. We couldn't find the stone quarry, so we paddled up to Pirates Cove where we shared our meager snacks since the restaurant was closed on Mondays for the winter. A quick tour up Roberts Bayou completed the paddle.
Wildlife sightings included ospreys, blue herons, kingfishers, dolphins, a green heron, and a bald eagle. Other watercraft sightings included two or three powerboats, several sailboats, two barges, and no jet skis.