Dauphin Island Fishing Pier
As the photos show, within a few short years, this 850-foot structure went from a deep water pier, to being completely on dry land! It is the result of the Offshore Sand/Pelican Island shoal system moving east and north until it connected to Dauphin Island at this point.
To accommodate these changes, benches and picnic tables were added as well as steps connecting the end of the Pier to the beach.
There is no longer an admission fee charged. The Pier and beach steps are open during daylight hours, (except during bad weather).
Management hopes that the factors involved in this incredible movement of sand will continue and one day result in the Dauphin Island Pier again being a major fishing attraction.It is interesting to note that this migration of Pelican Island happened in the past (but not at this exact location). When the French explored Dauphin Island in the 1600's and established it as the first capital of Louisiana Territory, one of the reasons for its selection was because it had the best deep water harbor on the Gulf Coast. This harbor was called Pelican Bay and was a result of Pelican Island making a similar connection to Dauphin Island. A devastating hurricane in 1717 completely destroyed this deep water anchorage and soon resulted in the French relocating their center of operations.
|Dauphin Island Pier|
Provided and Maintained by
the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board
109 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
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