Dauphin Island, Alabama
A view of a vegetated inland coastline overlooking the water on Dauphin Island, Alabama. The island protects mainland Alabama’s coastal communities and resources from storms, while also providing recreational opportunities (fishing, beach tourism, etc.) and other economic benefits to the local community and state. Dauphin Island (including its undeveloped western end) provides expansive coastal habitat, with over 200 acres of beach, dunes, overwash fans, intertidal wetlands, maritime forest and freshwater ponds in addition to shallow-water nearshore areas. These habitats support many living coastal and marine resources, including threatened and endangered species such as the piping plover.
Learn about USGS research on Dauphin Island: Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment