Meaher State Park
|Meaher State Park|
Wetlands at Meaher State Park
|Location||Spanish Fort, Baldwin, Alabama, United States|
|Area||1,327 acres (5.37 km2)|
|Elevation||3 ft (0.91 m)|
|Operator||Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Website||Meaher State Park|
Meaher State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on Big Island, an island at the north end of Mobile Bay that lies within the city limits of Spanish Fort, Alabama. The state park occupies 1,327 acres (537 ha) along the shoreline of Ducker Bay, at the junction of Mobile Bay and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. It is surrounded by wetlands of the Mobile Bay estuary. The park is accessed from Battleship Parkway, known locally as the "Causeway," and is managed by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The park opened in 1989. The land was donated to the state for public recreational use by Augustine Meaher, a descendant of the noted 19th-century steamboat operator John Meaher, for whom the park is named. John Cheverus Meaher was the brother of Timothy E. Meaher, best known for illegally smuggling 109 West African captives into Mobile Bay on the schooner Clotilda'Italic text in 1860. He was charged with piracy but never convicted or held accountable for his unethical and undignified crimes against humanity.<Sylviane A. Diouf, Dreams of Africa in Alabama8-11>
Activities and amenities
The park features an interpretive boardwalk through the wetlands, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing pier, two cabins, and a camping area with 56 individual campsites.
- "Big Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Ducker Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- Ress, Thomas V. (December 18, 2012). "Meaher State Park". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- "Meaher State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- Meaher State Park Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources