The Peninsula portion of Dauphin Island Parkway (St 163) sits at the bottom of the vast 95-square-mile Dog River Watershed and at nearly the bottom of the entire Mobile Bay Watershed. Further, we are the dividing line between two significant local watersheds - the Dog River and the Garrow's Bend Watersheds. This means all surface runoff from all of the rainstorms in the country's rainiest city Mobile, and the entire state of Alabama somehow affect the Peninsula's shorelines.
People have been coming to Mobile's shorelines since the City's founding in 1702. Before that, archaeological records show Native Americans where settled in and around the mouth of Dog River - surely attracted by the abundance of life sustaining natural resources.
Today, as the urbanization spreads westward along with the city limits, its southern boundary remains a special, quiet place - the only residential community along the breezy Mobile Bay front or the more tranquil sunsets of Dog River or several of her creeks and streams.