Welcome to the
River Delta


Enormous. Majestic. An ecological wonderland. The most biodiverse body of water in the world.

Rich in animal and vegetative species, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is all these things and more, including home to more than 600 species of fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. With habitats that include huge swaths of swamps, marshes and wetlands, it is a veritable maze of tributary creeks, rivers, streams and bayous.

The Delta is home to humans as well, who can access its wonders on foot or by airboats, fishing boats, canoes and kayaks. On this website, we will introduce you to America’s second-largest delta, to the wildlife creatures who inhabit it and to some of the people who live, work and play in it every day.

We invite you to join us on a virtual journey through the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta – all 260,000 acres of it – and then to discover it in person. Bon voyage.

Hunting and Fishing

In addition to the many activities the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta (MTRD) offers, hunting and fishing in the Delta are unparalleled. The abundance of wildlife attracts visitors from around the globe to this ecological wonderland in pursuit of the perfect game.

The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is surrounded by brackish water that is filled with speckled trout, redfish and more. Brackish water is has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater – so it invites a diverse group of fish, not found in many parts of the world.  Something else that makes this unique body of water special is that you can also find freshwater fish like BASS, bream and others in the MTRD. From deer, to ducks, to gators, the animals that inhabit the Delta will give even the most experienced hunters and anglers a thrill.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources works hard to ensure that there is an abundance of land and opportunities for all people, regardless of age or interest, to experience the great outdoors for years to come in the MTRD. Plan your trip and come see what makes the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta one of the most special places for outdoor adventures in the world!


A long time ago in a region not all that far away, separate and distinct rivers slowly began to merge in their southward flow through the land that we now call the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Several million years later — as bayous, marshes, forests and streams formed — human beings were drawn to the area in pursuit of its rich supplies of game and fish.

Native Americans who populated the Delta 5,000 years ago included the Alabamas, the Mobilians, the Taensas, the Creeks and the Choctaws. Eventually, they were joined by Spanish explorers in the mid-1500s and then by French settlers in the early 1600s, who made the region their home. Today, the Delta is dotted with a sprinkling of homes and fishing camps, leaving most of its scenic lands open to fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation.

Through state and local management practices, as well as programs like Forever Wild and public lands like WMAs, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta stands out today as one of the healthiest and most significant watersheds in the entire United States. 

Rivers & Forests

If you’ve never visited the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, get ready to be blown away by what you see.

Especially, be prepared to learn that the rivers that feed it – among them the Mobile, the Alabama, the Tensaw, the Spanish, the Middle, the Apalachee and the Blakeley – have traveled many miles to empty themselves into the Delta, bringing rich soil and nutrients to nourish spawning seafood, other forms of sea life and assorted mammals and migratory birds. The Delta is also fed by an array of streams, creeks and bayous.

It is also home to thousands of acres of swamp forests, maritime forests, pine savannas, seasonally flooded bottomland hardwood forests and forested wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds, reptiles, fish, insects and other creatures – not to mention anglers, boaters, hunters and hikers.

E.O. Wilson – noted scientist, prolific author and native of Alabama — credits the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta with having “more species of plants and animals than any comparable area anywhere in North America.”

Words alone can’t do the Delta justice, however. In fact, when it comes to Alabama’s ecological wonderland, perhaps no other adage applies to it as well as “Seeing is believing.”

Alabama Delta Alliance Members

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

ADCNR Marine Resources Division

ADCNR State Lands Division

ADCNR State Parks Division

ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division

Adams and Reese LLP

Africatown CDC

Alabama Coastal Foundation

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)

Alabama Forestry Foundation

Alabama Iron and Steel Council

Alabama Power

Alabama Pulp and Paper Council

Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama Wildlife Federation

Armbrecht Jackson LLP

Austal USA

Bama Boy Music

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Blue Bell Creamery


Brookmont Realty Group

Campbell Hardware & Sporting Goods

Canfor Southern Pine

Carlton Realty Company

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Chuckfee Conservatives

Cloverleaf Landing

Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP)

Cooper Marine & Timberlands

Cooper T. Smith

Cummings & Associates

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

DEX Imaging

Dog River Clearwater Revival

Dog River Marina and Boat Works, Inc.

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

Eastern Shore Children’s Clinic

Employee Liability Management

Evonik Corporation

Farris Properties

Felix’s Fish Camp Grill

Fish River Christmas Tree Farm

Fox’s Trolling Motor Service

Fred T. Stimpson Wildlife Sanctuary

Furniture City

Gaillard Builders

Galloway Johnson Thompkins Burr & Smith

Geological Survey of Alabama

Gettin’ Outdoors Radio Network

Grand Bay Savanna

Gray Gulf Charters

Gruenloh & Associates, P.C.

Gulf Coast Health Care

Gulf Packaging

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Hal’s Lake Hunting Club

Hamilton & Company

Hardy Brock Consulting

Hargrove & Associates

Hartmann Blackmon & Kilgore

Heritage Homes

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

J.P. Coleman Law LLC

LSB Contracting

Ladd Architectural Door and Specialty Company, Inc. (LADSCO)

Ladd Supply Company, Inc.

Lake Stripling Fishing Club

Linebusy, LLC

Lower Bryant Landing

Manufacture Alabama

Matthews Landing/Lower Bryant Landing

Maynard Cooper & Gale

McCoy Outdoors

Meaher Realty Company

Meaher State Park


Middleton Marine Engine Service, Inc.

Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant

Mister Tuxedo & JoVi’s Bridal/Formals

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Mobile Bay Magazine

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile County Wildlife and Conservation Association

Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition

Mobile Mask

Mobile-Tensaw Delta Wildlife Management Area

Mt. Willing Timber Co LLC

National Parks Conservation Association

North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Norton Lilly International

Ogburn Realty, Inc

Old Tyme Feed & Garden Supply, Inc

Ottertail Canoe Company, Inc

Partners for Environmental Progress

Pats Industrial & Auto Supply, Inc

Phillips Prepatory School


Providence Hospital

Red Drum Marketing


Robertsdale Rotary Club

Rural Land Specialist LLC

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Mobile)

Secret History Tours

Shirley’s Baitshop

South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

SouthPoint Bank

SouthPoint Bank Home Mortgage

Spectrum Maritime

Tate & Lyle

Tensaw Land & Timber Company

Thames Batré Insurance

The Disabilities Leadership Coalition of Alabama

The Peninsula of Mobile

The Riverpub

The SSI Group, LLC


Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area

Uriah Land Company

USS Alabama Battleship Park

Visit Mobile

W. L. Holland Wildlife Management Area

Ward Properties

Webb’s Cafe

Wilkins Miller LLC

William Bruce Business Sales & Acquisitions, LLC

Alabama Delta Steering Committee Members

Alvin Hope

Bestor Ward

CJ Small

Kendall Dexter

Lucy “Pie” Hollings

Marl Cummings

Pat Ogburn

Peter Gaillard

Roberta Swann

Russell Ladd

Watt Key

Testimonials from Representatives of Steering Committee

Alvin Hope
Alvin Hope
“It’s easy to take the Delta for granted when you’ve grown up in Mobile, where its beauty is omnipresent. It’s part of what makes our state unique, and its impact on our lifestyle in south Alabama is immeasurable. Rather than take it for granted, though, we need to do everything we can to protect and nurture it for ourselves and future generations.”
Russell Ladd III
Russell Ladd III
“I’m what my friends call a ‘river rat.’ I’ve spent my whole life fishing, hunting, tramping through swamps and camping on the shores of the Delta’s rivers and bayous. It’s hard to describe its beauty to people who have never seen it, but once they’ve been in it, they understand what an incredible resource it is for all of us. That’s why I’m so keen on educating people about the Delta.”
Roberta Swann
Roberta Swann
“Besides encompassing nearly 25,000 acres of water, and in addition to providing nesting and spawning grounds for hundreds of species of birds, fish and shellfish, the Delta is a recreational paradise for Alabamians of all ages. People can fish, hunt, take a leisurely boat ride or spend a night under the stars. You can educate your children and have fun at the same time.”
CJ Small
CJ Small
“If you want to see biological diversity, come to the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. It has swamps, rivers, steams and bayous; it has animals you won’t see anywhere else; it has rare species of fish and birds. Our goal is ensure that all Alabamians are aware of what it has to offer and are able to enjoy its resources. It’s a gift of nature, and we want to share it.”