Flowing through the heart of the state, the Alabama River forms at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers. It flows approximately 15 miles before reaching Montgomery, falling rapidly at approximately 5 feet per mile. Then the river transitions gradually to a slope of .82 foot per mile. The Alabama River meanders westerly for 100 miles to Selma and then southwesterly 210 miles before it joins the Tombigbee River among swamps and marshlands and forms the Mobile River.
The Alabama unifies the state’s eastern Rivers, the Coosa and Tallapoosa, and her western rivers, the Cahaba, Black Warrior and Tombigbee. (Keith) Large tributaries of the Alabama include Little River, Limestone, Pursley, Turkey, Pine Barren, Cedar, Mulberry, Boguechitto, Big Swamp, Pintlala, and Catoma creeks.