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Bankhead Lake- The Corps maintains an overlook area with picnic facilities on the east side of the river above the John Hollis Bankhead Lock and Dam. All other development is privately owned or commercial. This includes the Marina and fishing camps.
Black Warrior And Tombigbee River Lakes- The Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers include six lakes: Bankhead, Holt, Oliver, Warrior, Demopolis, and Coffeeville Lakes. They offer camping, boating, sailing, fishing, water-skiing, hunting, hiking, camping and picnicking.
Claiborne Lake- Claiborne Lake is the most primitive of the Alabama River Lakes. Nestled in Alabama's southwest hill country, the lake encompasses over 60 miles of the Alabama River, stretching from the Claiborne Lock and Dam to Millers Ferry Lock and Dam.
Demopolis Lake- Demopolis Lake extends 48 miles upriver on the Black Warrior and 53 miles up the Tombigbee and covers 10,000 acres. Two modern campgrounds and many day use facilities, as well as primitive camping areas, are available on Demopolis Lake.
Holt Lake- Holt Lake is a narrow winding body of water which stretches for 18 miles and encompasses 3,200 surface acres. There are several areas with facilities for boaters, swimmers, picnickers, hikers, and sightseers.
Oliver Lake- Oliver Lake is nine miles long with approximately 1,000 surface acres. Recreational activities include a marina, a fishing pier and a boat launching ramp.
R. E. Woodruff Lake- Woodruff Lake was made possible through the construction of the Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam which was completed in 1975. Woodruff Lake offers such activities as fishing, boating, water skiing, picnicking, camping, hunting, swimming and hiking.
William Dannelly Reservoir- Bisecting Alabama's Black Prairie Belt, the William "Bill" Dannelly Reservoir encompasses 105 miles of the Alabama River, from Millers Ferry Lock and Dam to the Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam.

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River Lakes Ramp
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River Lakes Ramp
Description - The Alabama River Lakes project consists of three lakes: R.E. "Bob" Woodruff Lake, William "Bill" Dannelly Lake, and Clalborne Lake. Within Alabama River Lakes there are a variety of activities which include camping, boating, fishing and hunting.

Attractions - These lakes offer campgrounds, primitive camping sites, day-use areas, and swimming beaches. There is something for everyone - historic sites, abundant fish and wildlife, and scenic bluffs.

Recreation - Alabama River Lakes region offers a wide variety of activities in which to participate. These activities include camping, boating, fishing, hunting and park related activities.

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.

Location - The Alabama River Lakes are comprised of three reservoirs stretching along the Alabama River in central Alabama. These lakes lie to the west and southwest of Montgomery.


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Alabama River Lakes, U.S. Army Engineer District, Mobile, P.O. Box 2288 , Mobile, AL, 36628-0001, Phone: 251-694-372

Additional Information:
Alabama Lakes & Reservoirs - Alabama's lakes and reservoirs includes everything from large reservoirs of thousands of acres to small several acre ponds.
Central Alabama - Central Alabama includes the area surrounding Montgomery, Auburn and Tuscaloosa. The Tuskegee National Forest, a portion of the Talladega National Forest, numerous State Parks and several large lakes can be found in this area.

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