Begin your outdoor adventure at 5 Rivers!
One of Spanish Fort's jewels is 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, an extraordinary facility of the Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Created for outdoor recreation, conservation and land stewardship, 5 Rivers is located in Spanish Fort, "Gateway to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta". There is no better place to begin your adventure into over 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods and wetlands. Or, simply soak up the natural beauty and incredible history of the region with plenty to do and see at 5 Rivers' impressive facilities. Explore this beautiful 81-acre complex where you’ll find the Apalachee Exhibit Hall, Tensaw Theater, Blakeley Hall Conference Center, Delta Hall, Cypress Gift Shop, and Bartram Landing, one of several stopovers on the Bartram Canoe Trail. The center hosts a variety of special events for children and the family throughout the year.
The magnificent Mobile-Tensaw Delta -- an estuarial world, rich in diversity
To the east of the 5 Rivers complex sit the bluffs of Spanish Fort, overlooking the magnificent Mobile-Tensaw Delta. From this vantage point, gorgeous vistas of the Delta and the skyline of Mobile are a daily occurence . Consisting of approximately 20,323 acres of water, the Mobile Tensaw Delta is a complex network of tidally-influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands and bayous. Formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, this is where the Mobile, Tensaw, Blakeley, Apalachee and Spanish Rivers converge into Mobile Bay. This estuary - where the tide flows in causing fresh and salt water to mix - is home to 126 species of fish, 40 species of mammals, 69 species of reptiles, 30 species of amphibians, 500 species of plants and more than 300 species of birds. Peer into the world of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and discover a world rich in diversity.
Bring the family or out-of-town guests
You may decide to take a closer look at the Delta on a fun and educational boat ride. Several area outfitters located at or near 5 Rivers offer kayak and canoe rentals, as well as various tours of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, including pontoon rides and sunset cruises. Check out the Cypress Gift Shop at 5 Rivers for beautiful and unique items, many of which are crafted by local artists and indigenous of the Delta - take a little something home with you to remind you of your visit!
Delta Woods and Waters Expo
Through a partnership formed by the City of Spanish Fort and 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, along with the generosity and volunteerism of area businesses and volunteers, the Delta Woods & Waters Expo
is held annually at the end of April, typically the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month. Approximately 600 students from area schools attend during the Expo's first two days, learning about birds, insects, plants and animals indigenous to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, as well as skills for outdoor activities including boating safety, the "Leave No Trace" philosophy of camping, knot-tying and more. Saturday's event, "Family Day", is open to the public, filled with activities, exhibitions and opportunities for learning and honing skills used in fly tying and casting, boating safety and more. Award-winning author and curator of the Black Belt Museum, Dr. John C. Hall, brings his role as naturalist William Bartram to life, mesmerizing audiences with tales of Bartram's travels through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in 1775.
Family Day for the 2014 Delta Woods & Waters Expo will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Plans for special events are underway and additional information will be posted on the Expo website in the months to come. Admission to the Expo is free and shuttle bus service is provided. For more information, please visit the official website of the Delta Woods & Waters Expo by clicking the link above.
For more information on 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center and its amenities, please visit the official website for 5 Rivers or explore the links to the right. Facilities are available for weddings, receptions, conferences and other events.