Cotton Bayou Beach, Gulf of Mexico

Orange Beach, Alabama
Managed by Mobile Baykeeper

Part of the 6,150 acre Gulf State Park, Cotton Bayou Beach is a public access point to the sand and surf along the Gulf of Mexico. Parking is free but limited. Two boardwalks provide a short walk to the beach, which is nestled between popular condos. Onsite amenities include restrooms and outdoor showers.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 12th, 2021. Mobile Baykeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 14th, 2021 at 6:01 PM.
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Current Weather
27°C
Cloudy
Monitoring Frequency

Cotton Bayou Beach, Gulf of Mexico is sampled monthly from October 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

This beach information is maintained by Mobile Baykeeper, using data from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Depending on the site, samples are collected twice per week, once per week or once every other week during the swimming season (May through September) and once per month during the cooler months.

More information about the ADEM testing program can be found at http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/coastal/beachMonitoring.cnt

Water samples are analyzed for the indicator bacteria Enterococci. Beaches will be marked as unsafe (red) for swimming when sample results show more than 104 Enterococci colonies per 100 ml of water and will be marked as safe (green) when Enterococci colonies are below 104 colonies per 100 ml of water. A grey status indicates a lack of current or reliable data for a particular site.

Learn more about Mobile Baykeeper at http://mobilebaykeeper.org/swim

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Water Quality Graph

Cotton Bayou Beach, Gulf of Mexico

Orange Beach, Alabama
Managed by Mobile Baykeeper

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 12th, 2021. Mobile Baykeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 14th, 2021 at 6:01 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
27°C
Cloudy

Part of the 6,150 acre Gulf State Park, Cotton Bayou Beach is a public access point to the sand and surf along the Gulf of Mexico. Parking is free but limited. Two boardwalks provide a short walk to the beach, which is nestled between popular condos. Onsite amenities include restrooms and outdoor showers.

Monitoring Frequency

Cotton Bayou Beach, Gulf of Mexico is sampled monthly from October 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

This beach information is maintained by Mobile Baykeeper, using data from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Depending on the site, samples are collected twice per week, once per week or once every other week during the swimming season (May through September) and once per month during the cooler months.

More information about the ADEM testing program can be found at http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/coastal/beachMonitoring.cnt

Water samples are analyzed for the indicator bacteria Enterococci. Beaches will be marked as unsafe (red) for swimming when sample results show more than 104 Enterococci colonies per 100 ml of water and will be marked as safe (green) when Enterococci colonies are below 104 colonies per 100 ml of water. A grey status indicates a lack of current or reliable data for a particular site.

Learn more about Mobile Baykeeper at http://mobilebaykeeper.org/swim

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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