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Description - Oliver Lake was formed by the construction of the William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam. The Lake is nine miles long with approximately 1,000 surface acres. Corps of Engineers managed recreation facilities on Oliver Lake are limited to a boat launching ramp on the north side of the lake in Northport, AL, and a fishing pier on the south side in Tuscaloosa, AL. Both of these facilities are located immediately below Oliver Lock & Dam. All other recreation development is located within the Tuscaloosa city limits and managed by the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. These areas include two day use parks, a fishing pier and a boat launching ramp.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities on Oliver Lake include boating, fishing, picnicking.

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 - The lake is located by Tuskaloosa, Alabama


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Contact Information:
Black Warrior and Tombigbee River - Oliver Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers , 384 Resource Mgmt Drive , Demopolis, AL, 36732-1546, Phone: 334-289-3540

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.

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