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Unique 2 Bdrm cottage for fishermen, beach lovers and snowbirds! Pet friendly

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 bath, Bon Secour River, close to Gulf Shores beach & attractions

The Fish Camp cabin is located on the Bon Secour River. The Bon Secour river has historically been a "working" river for shrimp boats and fishermen. Commercial shrimp boats ply the river and use Bon Secour as a base from which they travel all the Gulf of Mexico. The name "Bon Secour" was given the river by French sailing crews who found the river to be a safe haven from storms. The very name means "good anchorage" and "safe harbor." During the Civil War the South used the waters of the river to obtain salt and for years the remnants of the salt pits could still be seen. The Union army recognized the importance of the salt production and mounted a specific attack to destroy the pits. An example of a Southern mansion, "The Swift Cole House " is located within one mile of the fish camp and is available for touring.

The property includes a long dock on the river with two covered sitting areas. Boat dockage is available for guests. A boat launch is at the end of the street. The cabin is part of an original fish camp, consisting of ten cabins. The Fish Camp cabin was believed to be the owner/manager's cabin as it consisted of two bedrooms where the other original cabins were efficiencies. The Fish Camp cabin has been renovated with all the amenities, but keeps it's original, rustic character. The cabin has beamed ceilings and heart pine floors. The cabin has a living, kitchen, and dining area combination. The cabin also has a charming fireplace updated with gas logs. The wooden furniture was made locally by a Bon Secour craftsman. There are two bedrooms with a hallway and bathroom separating the bedrooms. The kitchen is completely furnished for cooking your favorite seafood recipe. New refrigerator, gas stove, microwave and dishwasher are available for guest's use. The kitchen has new granite countertops. A storage building next to the cabin contains a clothes washer and dryer. Designated parking is available next to the cabin.

The fish camp's spectacular 150 year old liveoak tree overlooks the river and dock and there is a swing for use by guests. Within walking distance of the cabin are two fish houses where fish and shrimp are unloaded directly from the boats. Fresh caught gulf shrimp are always available and fresh fish include speckled trout, flounder, grouper, red fish, mullet and many other species. World famous Bon Secour oysters are always available.

There is a front screened porch with river views. Guests can see shrimp boats traveling up and down the river. Dolphins can frequently be observed swimming in the river. The area is excellent for fishing right from the dock for speckled trout, redfish or flounder. Guests will have access to a crab trap, to try your hand at catching blue crabs. If you don't catch your dinner, there is an excellent restaurant close by, the Tin Top. You can't go wrong with anything ordered there.

The location is also perfect for those wanting beach access, but a more private, quaint setting. Beautiful Gulf Shores beaches and all the beach attractions are close by. The State Park Facilities provide beautiful beach areas, and a long fishing pier. Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge has hiking trails and beaches. Fort Morgan is a historic site and also has public beaches. Designated bird watching sites are throughout this area.

The Bon Secour Fish Camp is perfect for those wanting a unique beach and/or fishing experience without the hassle of beach crowds. The Fish Camp is a little "off the beaten path". Perfect for a week end getaway or longer term rental. Come and enjoy!

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Gil Jennings
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Gil Jennings

Hello, We are Gil and Linda. Please let us introduce ourselves and invite you to enjoy our Fish Camp cabin as we have over the years. We are both Alabama natives. We have been coming to Bon Secour since 1988 and have loved the laid back fishing community. It has been home port for our sailboats in the past. It has also been home port for a variety of small fishing boats. We have enjoyed setting mullet nets and sunset cruises up the river. We are currently boating and fishing in Salty, a New England lobster boat. We both enjoy paddling kayaks. Both Gil and Linda are MSW social workers and are mostly retired, leaving even more time to be enjoying the fishing and boating!

Gil Jennings purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Gil Jennings chose Gulf Shores

We purchased our first cabin in the Bon Secour Fish Camp in 1986 to have a boat dock for our sailboat. We quickly came to love the shrimping work environment and the fishing and the local people we met that lived off the shrimping industry. This has been our base and second home for many years for sailing and fishing. We have enjoyed cruising up the river and sunset cruises into Mobile Bay. We have had family, friends and loved ones enjoy many memories of vacations here; setting the mullet net, gumbo cook-offs, going to the "Ice Box". We would love to share this unique setting with you on your vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

A quiet and unique community located on the historic Bon Secour river. Removed from the bustle of beach life but close enough to go if you wish. Wonderful opportunity to catch your own seafood, or buy from local fish houses or just relax and enjoy the shrimp boats go by.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a tub and shower combination. There is a medicine chest and towels are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 1 has a Queen size bed. The bedroom includes a closet and dresser. The second bedroom has a standard full size bed. Bed linens are provided.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Unique 2 Bdrm cottage for fishermen, beach lovers and snowbirds! Pet friendly
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 21 reviews

So relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time here! We sat on the pier/dock everyday and watched the Dolphins and Pelicans. The cottage had everything everthing we needed and Linda was great!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just like home!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about this home and it's location. It felt like home from day one. It was stocked with so many amenities ; we could have just brought our clothes and been set to go. Me and our dog, loved going to the dock on the river and watching the shrimp boats go by and the pelicans, great blue herons and dolphins!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bon Secour get away

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay , what really made it for my wife was were the dolphins. Just a great place to chill out and slow down a bit. We really liked the way the cottage is decorated. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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De Armanville, AL

Property was as listed on VRBO. Owners are super nice.

  • 5 of 5

The owners are down to earth folks and quickly answer any questions you may have.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cottage. Tastefully decorated in rustic nautical. Linda is a gracious hostess and amply provides for her guests. The ac/heat work great. WiFi is excellent. Kitchen is equipped with enough to make good meals if not dining out.

Bon Secour is peaceful. The neighbors are friendly but not intrusive. Fellow vacationers are the same. I loved going out on the dock overlooking the bay/river and sitting on the porch swing watching the dolphins swim, the birds fly and the shrimp boats go by.

Fresh seafood is within walking distance and the main drag on AL-59 is a scenic drive 5 miles down the road.

The people are friendly and support local agriculture. Truly southern charm in the Heart of Dixie. In closing, I would have said "Roll Tide," but my husband corrected me and said, "Go Dawgs!"

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! And we agree, the Fish Camp at Bon Secour is a unique, peaceful retreat, but close enough to the beach to have the best of both worlds! Hope you and your family will come again! P.S There is also a War Eagle in the area!
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Saint Louis MO

Location, Location, Location!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I had the most amazing month long stay at the Fishing Cottage! Time stood still as we watched the dolphins play and the seagulls call out in song! Pelicans soared as we could almost feel the flap of their wings! The cottage was more than we ever expected! Linda & Gill went beyond all our expectations as hosts providing everything we needed other than our clothes and food! The cottage is decorated with such detail, down to the comfort of the bed and plumpness of the pillows! All the items needed to make for a fun filled and relaxing vacation...beach towels, crab cages, and so much more! The location is PERFECT...close enough to the beaches of Gulf Shores that a 15 minute drive one is sitting on the white sand and watching the waves and yet far enough away that one can seek the peace and solitude of the watching the Bon Secour River slowly drift by. We both LOVED this place! Hope to return again! Thanks so much Linda & Gill for your southern hospitality and making our 45th anniversary the best!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Safe Harbour Seafood
Seafood Restaurant
The Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Oyster Bay
Bar & Grill
Gulf Shores Golf Club
Cactus Cantina Mexican Grill
Mexican Restaurant
Island Wing Company
Chicken Wings Restaurant
El Toro Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Gulf Shores Diner
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf
DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant
Fast Food Restaurant
The Yard Milkshake Bar
Marco's Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Aji Sai Asian Cuisine
Asian Restaurant
Bleus Burger Restaurant, Bar & Food Truck
Hamburger Restaurant
Gulf Shores Tennis Complex
Tuscany Pizza and Grill
Italian Restaurant
Kitty's Kafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Mikato Japanese Restaurant
Japanese Steakhouse
David L. Bodenhamer Center
Bywater Bistro
Gulf Shores Dog Park
LuLu’s Gulf Shores
Family Restaurant
Acme Oyster House - Gulf Shores
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores
Seafood Restaurant
The Diner
American Restaurant
The Cove Bar and Grill
Bar & Grill
Down South BarBQ.,Inc.
Barbecue Restaurant
Down South BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Amelia's Deli & Catering
China Dragon
Chinese Restaurant
Santa Fe Mexican Grill
Foam coffee and shop
Coffee Shop
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Fish River Grill
Seafood Restaurant
Soul Bowlz
Cafe Beignets of Alabama
Chocolate corner
Chocolate Shop
Sunset Cork Room
Organic Restaurant
Hazel's Nook
Breakfast Restaurant
Duck's Coastal Kitchen
Breakfast Restaurant
King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Craft Farms Golf Club
Country Corner Cafe
Nolan's Restaurant & Lounge
Hog Wild BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Oxente Brazilian Steakhouse
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
Escape House Waterville
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Jack Edwards National Airport, Gulf Shores
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tin Top is closest, many bars at the beach
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
From historic Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Gulf Shores Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tin Top is closest, many more at the Beach
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Beautiful Gulf Shores Beachs & State Park Beachs
Car: necessary

Bon Secour is home to working shrimp boats, seafood retail markets, and beautiful live oaks with hanging moss. The Bon Secour Cottages, including the Fish Camp cabin, are located on the Bon Secour River. The Bon Secour River runs into Mobile Bay and the bay runs into the Gulf of Mexico. The Intracoastal Waterway is located right out the mouth of the Bon Secour River. This area is perfect for those that would like to fish for speckled trout, redfish and trout; throw a cast net; and set the crab traps. And, it is also perfect for the beach lovers as it is a very short drive to the beautiful beaches at Gulf Shores, fine restaurants and all the activities the beach offers. This location is also very convenient to the Tanger Outlet Mall for all those with the shopping genes! Guests are encouraged to bring their fishing boats, fishing gear, kayaks, and bikes. Boat launch facilities are nearby and dockage is included on the property of the Bon Secour Cottages. Fishing and crabbing right off the dock is enjoyed by the owners and guests. Guests can also enjoy sitting or swinging on the dock soaking up the sun, watching for dolphins, seagulls, and pelicans, or simply relaxing in the shaded dock area with a good book. This is a quaint, quiet, unique area.

The Bon Secour cabins are located on River Road, which is a short stretch of road that parallels the Bon Secour River. At one end of River Road is Billy's Seafood. Billy's logo: "If it swims, they've got it." Guests can purchase shrimp or whatever seafood you desire, and prepare your own private feast at the Fish Camp cabin. At the other end of River Road is Aquilla Seafood, known for the royal red shrimp caught from deep in the gulf. Royal Reds will make your feast complete, sauted in butter, some say they taste like lobster.

When you don't want to cook, but don't want to drive to the beach, an excellent restaurant, The Tin Top, is just down the road. The menu is extensive, and we have always had good meals there.

The Fish Camp at Bon Secour cottages, provides a good base for exploring the area. Fort Morgan is a historical sight and also has beautiful beaches that are usually not as populated, being off the beaten path. You can cross Mobile Bay, taking a ferry from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island, with or without your car, and enjoy the ferry cruise as well as seeing Fort Gaines on the other side of the Bay. The Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge is located down Fort Morgan Road and has a hiking trail as well as beach front to enjoy. There are numerous bird watching sights in the surrounding areas.

Traveling back to the Gulf Shores area, the State Park beach area has excellent beach access, facilities and a fishing pier. Public golf courses are nearby, and amusement parks for the young, and young at heart. Who doesn't love a game of miniature golf! Gulf Shores also has a very nice zoo. For the most adventurous, there are zip-lines operating in the State Park area, as well as para-sailing on the beach.

Whatever, your interests are, there is always something happening in this area. The Wharf located in Orange Beach, a short drive, has an excellent concert venue, shops, and eats. It's always party time when Jimmy Buffett performs! You might want to plan your trip around your favorite artist's performance. Speaking of Jimmy Buffett, don't miss his sister's place, Lulu's, located under the bridge at the Inter Coastal Bridge coming into Gulf Shores. Jimmy has been know to stroll unannounced through the restaurant and sometimes sing a song or two. Pirate's Cove is worth a visit, as it is rumored to be the original Cheeseburger in Paradise site. Tacky Jack's is another favorite spot, just across the Inter Coastal from Lulu's. Wolf Bay Lodge is also an excellent eatery, located in Foley and on the beach. You will find many wonderful places to eat and wonderful local seafood. Enjoy!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 4.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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