There are endless ways to explore Mobile Bay. As simple or fancy as your whim or budget allows. Our fave? The solitude of a standup paddleboard… or slipping through piers or upriver in a kayak. 17 Turtles Outfitters offers one of the best ways of discovering the bay waters around Fairhope. Founded by Elizabeth Tonsmiere and the local guru of paddling Jimbo Meador, the outfitter’s name is a nod to the 17 natural turtle species in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Jimbo’s Dragonfly paddleboard design can be spotted in the Keys, the Bahamas and beyond. The legendary outdoorsman is long-known for paddling the bay with his dog – a sunrise ritual locals set their clock by. 17 Turtles offers kayaks or SUP’s for group ecotours, birding, nature photography, solo trips and more.
Check www.paddling.com for river routes , driving directions and coordinates around Mobile Bay.