Alabama State LandsCanoe Trails

Justins Bay Sunset and Sunrise Shelter

Distance: 1.6 Miles


This site contains two camp shelters connected by one ramp that is accessible from Justins Bay.  The shelters overlook the Apalachee River.

Camping Shelter Use Rules:
◦When camping in shelters group size is limited to 8.
◦Pets are not allowed in Shelters.
◦No open fires within 20ft of shelters. Cooking stoves are allowed on shelter porches.
◦No cutting of trees or brush for firewood.
◦Each party is required to have a compass, map, flashlight, and portable toilet with disposable bags.
◦Shelters can be reserved for only one night. A group can reserve shelters at different locations when taking multiple night trips. Reservations are from 12 noon to 12 noon the following day. Must have a copy of shelter reservation on person.
◦Feeding or harassing of wildlife is prohibited. Do not discard garbage or food scraps on or near shelters.
◦Shelters will be inspected after each use. Damage to the shelters will be assessed and be the responsibility of the user.
◦Visitors may be held financially responsible for unnecessary rescues.
◦No alcohol allowed.


Brackish marsh influenced by river flows from the north and by tides from Mobile Bay to the south. Except for occasional cypress stands, this area is largely without tall trees. Expansive marshes shelter a great number of species of fish, crustaceans, marsh and wading birds, flood-tolerant mammals, reptiles, etc.

Starting Point

Bartram Landing

Type of trail

River Channel, Slough, Marsh Channels

Reliability Rating


Recommended Water Levels

Claiborne Dam river stages ranging from 6 to 19 feet on tailrace reading provide optimum water levels for this route. River stages above these values should be considered hazardous. For water level information at Claiborne Dam, call 1-888-771-4601 or visit