Piney Woods, Western Loop | Clarke | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Summer
Bashi Creek Public Use Area, also known as “Campbell Landing,” provides the birder with access to the floodplain forests along Bashi Creek. Birders can immerse themselves in excellent riparian habitat by canoeing/kayaking east up Bashi Creek in the spring and summer; sycamore, oak, and cypress forest line both sides of the creek for several miles upstream from its confluence with the Tombigbee.
Watch the banks for Spotted Sandpipers and the hardwoods for Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Orchard Orioles. The understory contains, Northern Parulas, Prothonotary Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Indigo Buntings. You may find herons and egrets along the river bank. Swallow-tailed and Mississippi kites and Red-shouldered Hawks are among the raptors you will often see during the summer months.
Alligators are common up the creek in quiet backwaters. The short-grass areas around the parking area and boat ramp are good spots for winter sparrows and pipits.
GPS: 31.956573, -88.070951
Contact: US Army Corps of Engineers
384 Resource Management Rd.
Demopolis, AL 36732
Amenities: Restroom, Parking, Canoeing, Boat access
From the intersection of Old Lock 1 Road and Alabama Highway 69, turn left (north) and go 34.1 miles to Morvin. Turn left at mile marker 43.2 on Clarke County Road 20 (Campbell Landing Road) and go 5.1 miles to the park entrance. Continue 0.4 miles on the paved road to the parking area by the public boat ramp. The unpaved road to the right just inside the entrance leads to the restroom.
Claiborne Lake Dam Site West Park
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Jackson Water Treatment Ponds
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Old Lock 1 Park
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Silver Creek Park
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