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Claiborne Lake
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Claiborne Lake
Description - 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.
Clalborne Lock and Dam was completed in 1971 but was opened for
navigation in November, 1969. It has no power installation.

Recreation - Although the lake remains mostly within the original river banks, Claiborne provides extensive opportunities for water-related recreation, such as boating, fishing, swimming and skiing. There are also plenty of good sites for picnicking, hunting, camping and hiking. One of the most beautiful views of the lake can be seen at Silver Creek Park; a rugged foot trail at Gullet's Bluff Provides access to a splendid waterfall.

Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with 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 - 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.

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Filed By: Gordon Colbert (Monroeville, AL)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just follow the signs to the Claiborne Lock and Dam and you will find it. The roads get very narrow and have several blind curves, so drive slowly and carefully. Camping at Iassic Creek is great and the people are friendly, mostly locals, but some out of town. BE SURE TO BRING ALL OF THE FOOD YOU NEED, there is no resturant within 45 miles, the closest being in Monroeville. There is a convience store on the way, where you can get gas, bait, and some groceries. There are two boat launches, one on the upper pool, in which a creek must be navigated to get to the river, and one on the lower pool, which is where most of the people launch and cross the river to the sand bar. Both ramps are in great condition, and if you use the upper pool ramp, you can "lock thru", to get to the lower pool, but only every two hours, on the even hour, such as 10 am, 12 pm, 2pm..., and there is a signal rope that must be pulled so the dam operator knows a small craft is there. The best fishing, swimming, skiing, is in the lower pool. Have fun!!!!

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Contact Information:
Claiborne Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1226 Powerhouse Road , Camden, AL, 36726-9109, Phone: 334-682-4244

Additional Information:
Alabama Lakes & Reservoirs - Alabama's lakes and reservoirs includes everything from large reservoirs of thousands of acres to small several acre ponds.
Alabama River Lakes - Within Alabama River Lakes there are a variety of activities which include camping, boating, fishing and hunting.
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.
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.
Gulf Coast Region - The Gulf Coast Region encompasses the southernmost portion of the state, in southwest Alabama. Mobile is the largest city in this region. The Gulf Coast offers white sand beaches, lakes, coves, and bayous.


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