- Located on 156,000 acres, the Oakmulgee Ranger District is home to Payne Lake Recreational Area, Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area and more than 130 species of the red-cockaded woodpecker - an endangered species.
The Payne Lake Recreation Area is located about 20 miles west of Centreville on State Highway 25. The area includes a campground, a 110-acre lake for fishing and swimming, a picnic area, restrooms, showers, hiking trails a boat launch and an RV dump station. There are eight "Hunter Camps" scattered around the District which offer additional camping opportunities.
Recreation - Most of the recreation opportunities on the Oakmulgee are centered around Payne Lake. The most popular recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, viewing nature, fishing, boating, swimming and hunting.
Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
The Oakmulgee Ranger District encompasses the western section of the Talladega National Forest in Bibb, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Chilton and Tuscaloosa counties of west-central Alabama. It is located northwest of Montgomery, off U.S. Highway 82, around the town of Centreville. The Cahaba River runs through the middle of the District. The District Office is located near Brent, Alabama.