Waterway Canal in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is another great spot for watching
the tug boats with their barges or fishing.
The canal parallels Hwy 180 East. This
interstate highway made of water can have a lot of traffic at times. The
boats come in all sizes.
The idea for the canal system was
introduced be Albert Gallatin in 1808 but wasn't authorized by Congress
until 1919. The Gulf Intercoastal Waterway runs from Brownsville, Texas,
to Carrabelle, Florida. A distance of about 1050 miles. The other
segment of the Intercoastal Waterway System is the Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway which runs from Key West, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts. They
both connect to many other navigable waterways. It is one of the wonders
of the Alabama Gulf Coast.