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Description - Feel the serenity of gliding across the water powered only by the wind. Motor across the lake, dock your boat next to the Resort Lodge and join us for a sumptuous meal in luxury surroundings. Enjoy your early mornings in a rustic cabin, sip that first cup of coffee by a campfire, or open a thermos after you've found the perfect spot for the day's fishing. match, laps in the swimming pool, or simply sun the morning away. Stroll along the landscaped banks of Wheeler Lake and discover paradise. You can find all this, and more, at Joe Wheeler State Park.

The main facilities are near Rogersville, Alabama include a modern resort lodge containing 75 spacious rooms, a picturesque restaurant and full service convention facilities all directly on the shores of Wheeler Lake, on the beautiful Tennessee River. Adjacent to the lodge is a full service marina with 134 slips providing both permanent and overnight docking facilities for river travelers, and within walking distance is an 18-hole championship golf course complete with clubhouse.

Additional facilities include a modern campground secluded in a shady grove, along the lakeshore, and a day-use area containing picnic tables, grills, pavilions, comfort stations, play areas and a sandy beach with bathhouse.

Nearby, off Hwy. 72, is a group lodge with accommodations for 30. The lodge has a full kitchen, linens and towels, and a recreational area making it an excellent facility for reunions, retreats and other group outings. Fishing boat rentals are available at the bait and tackle store.

South of Wheeler Dam are rustic cabins, tennis courts, boat launch and a recreational area. This area is a fisherman's delight.

Recreation - For camping, there are 116 improved campsites. Primitive camping is also available. There is a campground store and laundry facilities. At Wheeler Dam facility there are 23 rustic cottages which can accommodating 4 to 8 people.

The Group Lodges are newly renovated at Elk River, with a capacity of 30 and at Wheeler Dam, which accommodates 20.

The Resort Lodge at First Creek has 74 luxurious units, including 9 suites, overlooking the lake, complete with convention facilities, dining room, marina, golf course, tennis courts and pool.

The Meeting Room can accommodates up to 400 people and can be divided into three separate areas. Dining facilities seat about 115 guests.

The Modern Marina has 70 covered and 64 open slips. Onsite there is a store offering supplies for fishing and boating as well as groceries. The Marina offers a gasoline Island, boat rentals (canoes, fishing and pontoon boats.)

The Boat Launch Ramps into Wilson Lake are below Wheeler Dam, and the ramp into Wheeler Lake is at the resort area, the cabin area and at the Elk River. Swimming can be enjoyed in a pool or in the lake.

There are 4 lighted, all-weather tennis courts near the Resort as well as lighted courts near the Wheeler Dam facility.

The picnic area pavilions are great for group outings, and provide shaded picnic areas for the family, a playground for the kids.

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 - Joseph Wheeler is located is divided into three areas between Florence and Decatur in northern Alabama. The main area is 2 miles west of Rogersville on the shores of Wheeler Lake.

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Filed By: Kevin White (Athens, Al)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We enjoyed camping and fishing all week. It was a family trip with 9 of us in all and it was plenty of fun for everyone from two years of age to fifty-six.

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Joe Wheeler State Park, 201 McLean Dr , Rogersville, AL, 35652, Phone: 256-247-5466

Additional Information:
Alabama State Parks - Alabama State Parks are excellent resources for all day activities such as picnicking and viewing historical sites.
North Alabama - North Alabama includes the northern third of the state, from Birmingham, north. This region offers waterfalls, fish-filled rivers and lakes, rapids suited for rafting and caves to explore.

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