BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –The Moon River Canoe Launch will link up with 2 other launches as part of the Cahaba Blueway project and the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System.
The Alabama Power Foundation is contributing $30,000 to the project. The launch will be located on Freshwater Land Trust property at the former site of the historic Moon River club.
It was a night club and fish camp that once had cabins behind it according to Irondale Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander.
The site will have double police and fire protection and will be a joint jurisdiction between Leeds and Irondale because of overlapping districts.
This will create a canoe run from Hwy. 78 to Grants Mill Road, according to Beth Stewart of the Cahaba River Society.
The Cahaba Blueway Project is meant to create well known and well managed public access to the Cahaba River.
She says the recreational river access will accent the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System.
They hope to have another process in the lower Cahaba to help Bibb and other counties boost river recreation and tourism.
The Moon River Launch construction is expected to begin this fall, and it is expected to be finished by 2014.
To learn more about the project you can read the press release here: Moon River Canoe Launch
Outdoor recreation can be a significant source of revenue and job creation, according to Matt Leavell, Project Director, Alabama Innovation Engine.