Day 6 - Destination: Decatur Alabama - Riverwalk marina

After locking through Guntersville, another glorious day on the water!

TN-?, just cruising along and what do we see?  Look carefully...

Yes, that's a deer swimming about a mile across the open river!

And now more excitement: will that barge fit under the bridge?  Will that barge mow us down?  Actually, the bridge has plenty of room vertically and we have plenty of room horizontally to pass (look between the barge and the green channel marker on the right).

A sample of the many gorgeous bluffs you will see on this river.

Pretty exciting for a rock, eh?

Some with deluxe caves.

Approaching Decatur you will see lots of industry.  Yes, that's a ski boat.  The water is clean enough to swim in but we did notice an oily waterline stripe on our boat.

TN-305 Riverwalk Marina, Decatur Alabama.  The marina is somewhat run down, but has what is needed for overnight, plus the "Hard Dock Cafe".  It is well protected.  Transient slips fill up fast and are first come, first serve.  This is the only marina where availability was tight and reservations would have been great.  We arrived late morning and got the last one, and that's on a Wednesday!  Sorry, the pictures for this marina are missing(!).

Next: Day 7 - Wilson Lock, East Port, Florence

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