Alabama State LandsCanoe Trails

Gravel Landing

Distance to Finish: 19 Miles, 9 Hours 45 Minutes

About This Landing

Gravel Landing is the uppermost landing for the 19 mile Alabama State Lands Perdido Canoe Trail. It provides boaters with access to all shelters and the southern two landings on the trail. To access Gravel Landing from State Highway 112, turn onto Staple Fork Road then follow the signs to the landing.

RECOMMENDED WATER LEVELS

The Perdido River average water levels range from 2-6 feet with flood stage at 13 feet. This river is greatly influenced by local rainfall levels and paddlers are encouraged to check local weather reports and water levels prior to making a trip. Water levels can be found on the USGS webpage here.

Log Jams

Canoeist should aware of several known log jams on the Perdido Canoe Trail. There is a jam approximately 1.75 miles south of Gravel Landing. There is a second jam located at the Barrineau Park bridge approximately 5.25 miles south of Staplefork Landing. There is a portage of approximately 50yds on the Florida bank of the Perdido River. Another jam exist immediately after the jam at Barrineau Park bridge, but canoeist should be able to paddle around the jam next to the Florida bank. Each new thunderstorm or high water event can result in trees falling into the rivers and creeks of our trails or creating logjams that block navigation. The Conservation Department staff makes efforts to remove these blockages when possible, but trail users should be prepared for the possibility of having to portage around such hazards.

Shelters

  • Nelson Ditch Shelters

    This site includes two shelters located approximately 4.3 miles downstream of Gravel Landing. Each shelter has room for 8 people and equipment. In front of the shelter is a medium sized sandbar offering plenty of opportunities for relaxing or larger groups of campers. Located near the shelters is Nelson Branch which empties into the Perdido River giving the shelters their name. Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.

  • Peaden Lake Shelter

    The Peaden Lake Shelter is a single shelter located 7 miles south of Gravel Landing and 2.5 miles south of Nelson Ditch Shelters. The Peaden Lake Shelter includes room for 8 people and equipment.Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.

  • Loggerhead Creek Shelters

    This site includes two shelters located approximately 12.5 miles downstream of Gravel Landing and 3.5 miles downstream of Staple Fork Landing. Each shelter has room for 8 people and equipment. This set of shelters includes one of the largest sandbars on the canoe trail. Located just downstream of the shelters is Loggerhead Creek which gives the shelters their name.Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.

  • Swamp Field Shelter

    Swamp Field Shelter is a single shelter located 7.75 miles south of Staple Fork Landing and 2.25 miles north of Blue Lake Landing. Swamp Field Shelter includes room for 8 people and equipment.Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.