River Delta Marina & Campground
2350 Dead Lake Marina Road
Creola, AL 36525
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The River Delta & Campground provides access to the beautiful, pristine ecosystem of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Located in Creola, it was purchased by the Mobile County Commission with $1 million in Coastal Impact grant funds and extensively upgraded in early 2012. Facilities and features include RV and tent camping, cabin rentals, playground, bath house, laundry, lake fishing, river fishing, launch ramp, covered boat slip rentals, houseboat dockage, bait and tackle, limited groceries. It also provides an in-ground pool to campers. Reservations and information may be obtained by phone at (251)574-2266.
Take exit 22 off of I-65 (Creola exit) and follow the signs to the Marina at the end of Dead Lake Road.
The campground contains full hook-up RV sites and cabins. A swimming pool, playground, and a lake stocked with bluegill and bass is available for campers only use. There is also a laundry and bathhouse centrally located within the campground. Free use of the boat launch is included for registered campers.
Reservations are being accepted for RV, cabin rentals, houseboats, and in-water boat slips. Special monthly rates are available for RVs and houseboats. We also have john boat rentals available for $20.00 daily only; There is a $20.00 cash deposit fee required for camping and cabin rentals, refundable upon no damage to property. Bait and tackle as well as limited groceries and supplies are available at the marina store. You may call the marina at (251) 574-2266 from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. for reservations or additional information.
Rates Are As Follows:
|Canoe Rental||$20 Daily or $5 per hour. (Paddles and PFDs included)|
Most of the activities at the marina center around the excellent fishing available in Dead Lake and the adjacent Mobile/Tensaw Delta. Bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and striped bass are the most sought after species in the upper delta, while saltwater fish such as flounder, speckled trout, white trout, redfish, drum, and sheepshead can be caught in the lower delta and Mobile Bay. The marina property borders the 50,000+ acres of the Mobile/Tensaw wildlife management area recently acquired by the state. Excellent hunting exists here for such game animals as deer, ducks, turkey, rabbit, raccoon, and squirrel. Wild hogs are abundant in the area and many people hunt them with dogs or by stalking. A game area permit, available from the courthouse or the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as well as the River Delta Ranger Stations, is required in addition to a regular hunting license.
Hundreds of miles of historic rivers, creeks and bayous await your exploration, with ancient Indian mounds looming out of the dense forest in places. Skiing, wake boarding and other water sport activities are popular on the larger rivers. The rivers also have sand bars that are a good place to stretch your legs or have a picnic with family or friends. Nature lovers can launch their own personal canoes to sneak up on wary animals and view rare and beautiful birds such as osprey, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, and even an occasional majestic bald eagle. Alligators are a common sight in remote areas and are fascinating to watch as they glide silently along, submerging and surfacing like living submarines. Also, small john boats can be rented for fishing at a cost of $20 daily. Swimming is not recommended in these places!!!
Boat slips for small boats are available for rent at the lowest prices you will find anywhere, $20 in most cases, while accommodations for any size houseboat or cruiser may be arranged to dock overnight or stay on a monthly basis. Security guards are on duty from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. a day to watch over the boat docks and the campground area.
The marina has recently become a stop on the statewide Bartram Canoe Trail which will soon have floating camping platforms along its path so that canoeists can travel the entire length of the state along its waterways. We are very excited about the enormous potential for new outdoor recreation opportunities that the acquisition of the marina has opened up. Alabama is blessed with the second highest diversity of plants and animals in the entire nation. Give us a call, or better yet, give us a visit, and experience for yourself what the wilder side of our great and beautiful state has to offer.