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FISHING BOATING & KAYAKING Whether you are looking to reel in the big one or just explore the waterways of Dauphin Island, the possibilities are endless. If you’re trailering your own boat, there are numerous boat launch sites – mostly on the eastern end of the island. You can also get on the water by renting a pontoon boat or Jet Ski or book a charter for a guided tour. A truly memorable way to get immersed in the ecological beauty of the island is kayaking through the inlets and bays. You’ll have a chance to catch a glimpse of native and migratory birds, and perhaps even swim with dolphins and other marine life. There are plenty of beaches with calm shore areas and water shallow enough to launch a kayak - Isle Dauphine Club and the Mississippi Sound side of West End Beach are two favor- ites. Bayou Heron Park, located on West Cadillac Avenue and Penalver Street, sports a new kayak launch for easy access to Lafitte Bay and Graveline Bay. Please keep in mind that water conditions around Dauphin Island can be challenging, with rapid weather changes, chop- py waters, and windy conditions, especially off the southern shore. If you’re a relative kayak novice, it’s advised that you stick to the shoreline along the northern edge. CAMPING Dauphin Island fishing is a very popular activity because it offers unrivaled access to some of the best spots along the Gulf of Mexico. With many easy-to-find beaches, piers and jetties, and a variety of Dauphin Island charter fishing options, you’ll always have the exciting opportu- nity to catch a variety of gamefish species. Deep sea or inshore Dau- phin Island charter fishing is excel- lent, but you certainly don’t need a boat to catch fish here. The island is widely known for its local fishing ac- tivities including surf and pier fish- ing. For all you need to know about the sport and how to play, check out ACP Realty’s very informative Guide to Fishing on Dauphin Island. BIKING Biking is synonymous with life on Dauphin Island. With over 8 miles of dedicated paved bike trails running the length of the island, and also a section from the bridge to the main in- tersection at our unique water tower, biking is an enjoyable experience here. Additionally, every lane and street is perfect for biking and exploring the charm of this laid-back island that reminds many of times past. Biking to the beaches, parks and attractions such as the Estuarium, the Audubon bird sanctu- ary, and Fort Gaines is a must. You can even bike to the ferry and catch a ride for a perfect day trip to this special area, in- cluding beaches almost to yourselves. With several bike rental locations and some rentals that furnish bikes, you will have no problem enjoying the experience biking has to offer on our special island. Camping is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Dauphin Island. The Dauphin Island Parks and Beach Board manages the 155-acre Dauphin Island Campground. Located on the eastern end of the Island, the park offers guests access to a secluded beach, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and the pub- lic boat launches. Located across from the main Public Beach, Pelican Nest RV Resort and Campground is a small, family run operation that boasts a good reputation for friendliness and hospitality. ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019 21