Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve was designated in 1986 and is managed as a cooperative partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Weeks Bay is a small estuary, about 3 sq. miles (8 sq. kilometers), receiving freshwater from the Magnolia and Fish Rivers, and drains a 198 sq. mile watershed into southeast Mobile Bay. Weeks Bay is a critical nursery for shrimp, bay anchovy, blue crab and multitudes of other fish, crustaceans and shellfish that support robust commercial fisheries providing $450 million/year for Alabama.
The Weeks Bay Interpretive Center is located on U.S. Hwy 98 between Fairhope and Foley, west of the Fish River Bridge, in South Baldwin Co, AL and open Mon-Sat, 9:AM-5:PM and Sunday 1:PM-5:PM. There are also nature walking trails near the center.
For more info., call Weeks Bay at (251) 928-9792 or Weeks Bay Reserve on Facebook.
Also see Weeks Bay Foundation.