Gilchrist Island, the third natural island, is just minutes from the Tacky Jacks Restaurants in Orange Beach. Located at the mouth of Cotton Bayou, Gilchrist Island is visible from the shore in many areas of Orange Beach. It's highly recommended to rent a paddleboard, kayak, or watercraft and cruise around Gilchrist for a stunningly scenic view. This island is packed full of bird species and surrounded by some of the top fishing spots in our area and is a must-stop location on any travelers map. Gilchrist Island is a sanctuary for marine animals and birds. This island is a private island, but rest assured, visitors can still circle the island and experience its beauty from the water.