Wolf Bay is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Baldwin County, Alabama. It is between Perdido Bay to the east and Mobile Bay to the west. Wolf Bay is an estuary, where fresh and saltwater mix, and sustains a diverse ecosystem that fosters a rich array of plant and animal life.
The Wolf Bay watershed covers about 44,700 acres. Approximately 23% is forest, 27% urban/suburban, 27% agricultural, 16% wetlands and 7% other uses. Streams that flow into Wolf Bay are Wolf Creek, Sandy Creek, Miflin Creek, Graham Creek, Owens Bayou, Moccasin Bayou, and Hammock Creek. Wolf Bay flows into the Intracoastal Waterway, which flows into either Perdido Bay or Mobile Bay, depending on the moon, wind, and tide. Ultimately it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Wolf Bay and its watershed hosts a tremendous diversity of habitats that historically supported and may still support several Federally listed species including balck bears, bald eagles, Florida manatees, sea turtles, Gulf sturgeons, red-cockaded woodpeckers, American alligators, Alabama red-bellied turtles and Eastern indigo snakes.
Wolf Bay Watershed Watch volunteers started monitoring water quality in 1998 and have maintained testing results since that time to the present. We monitor chemistry and bacteria measurements at 44 sites. The data is entered into the Alabama Water Watch statewide database.
Stan Mahoney was the founding member of WBWW. His legacy continues today through the efforts of volunteers conducting water quality monitoring, events that support youth in our community, education outreach to schools and citizens and care to the wildlife and plant community of the watershed.
Wolf Bay was declared an Outstanding Alabama Water by ADEM and US EPA on April 20, 2007. Volunteers of WBWW with water monitoring and other work were instrumental in achieving this designation.