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Exploring the Islands of Orange Beach

Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island

Orange Beach, Alabama is known for its stunning coastline and pristine beaches. However, beyond the sandy shores lies a collection of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island offer a unique opportunity to delve into the rich history and natural beauty of the area. Bird and Robinson Islands were made from dredge spoilage from dredging the Perdido Pass. We want to EXPLORE these uninhabited Islands and encourage our readers to venture out and survey these captivating destinations.

Bird Island: A Boater’s Island  

Bird Island, located just off the coast of Orange Beach, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. This Island is home to a diverse range of bird species, including herons, egrets, pelicans, and ospreys. You can witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, soaring through the sky or perched on the Island's marshy shores. Bird Island offers a sense of tranquility, making it the perfect spot for birdwatching and photography. It is a very different Island in the warm months. During summer, you will find numerous boaters gathering on and all around Bird Island. It’s a very lively place to meet and socialize, locals and visitors alike. 

Robinson Island: A Historical Gem                     

Robinson Island, just a few yards north of Bird, carries a rich history that dates back centuries. Named after the Robinson family, who were among the first settlers in the area, this Island is a testament to the region's past. Robinson’s lush vegetation and serene surroundings provide an ideal setting for picnics, sunbathing, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. The City of Orange Beach purchased Robinson in 2003 to preserve it from development. Exploring Robinson Island allows visitors to step back in time and connect with the heritage of Orange Beach. 

Gilchrist Island: A Private Island

Gilchrist Island: A Natural paradise located at the mouth of Cotton Bayou. Gilchrist offers an unspoiled natural paradise. This private island is covered with unique and elegant birds. Bird watchers love to anchor near or view from the shoreline. Gilchrist is a sanctuary for birds and marine animals. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of water by circling it by boat, kayak, or personal watercraft. Gilchrist is not available for public use.                 

Walker Island: A Wildlife Refuge

Walker Island, also known as Rabbit Island, is a tranquil island located east of Robinson and Bird Islands. Orange Beach purchased the island in 2013 to preserve the natural fauna and flora. Beds of grass surround the island housing numerous marine species like shrimp, crabs, and fish. The Island is home to various types of waterfowl. By hosting these different species of fowl and sea grasses, Walker is an important part of the habitat that all four islands create. This small island is accessible by boat, kayak, or personal watercraft.                   

As you immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Bird, Robinson, Gilchrist, and Walker Islands, it becomes evident that these hidden gems hold immense allure and wonder. To fully experience and explore these captivating destinations, venture out and embark on an unforgettable island-hopping adventure. Whether you choose to explore one island or visit them all, each offers a unique experience that will ignite your sense of adventure and leave you with lasting memories. Additionally, be sure to respect the natural environment and wildlife, as these islands are protected areas that require preservation.

Orange Beach has more than a beautiful beaches, bayous, and bays. Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island beckon adventurers to step off the beaten path and discover their hidden treasures. So, venture out and EXPLORE! 


Our Islands are rich with nature and history

  • Walker Island
  • Bird Island 2
  • Robinson and Bird Island
  • Gilchrist Island
  • Bird Island
  • Robinson Island
  • Memorial Day Weekend on Bird Island