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Description - Bankhead Lake is the most northern project on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee river system. The lake's clear waters stretch for 65 miles and encompass 9,100 surface acres. This includes the Loacust and Mulberry forks to the head of navigation.

Attractions - 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 on the lake is either privately owned or commercial. There are several marinas and fish camps along the lake that provide boat
docking and storage, fueling facilities, boat repairs, launching ramps, food, and supplies.

Recreation - The shoreline of Bankhead Lake is privately owned. Because of this, there is extensive shoreline development. There are several marinas and fish camps along the lake that provide boat docking and storage, fueling facilities, boat repairs, launching ramps, food and supplies.
The Corps of Engineers does not have developed recreation areas on Bankhead Lake.
The bluff next to the powerhouse is 220 feet high

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 - Bankhead Lake is the most northern project on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee river system. The lake's clear waters stretch for 65 miles and encompass 9,100 surface acres. This includes the
Loacust and Mulberry forks to the head of navigation. The lake is located 34 miles from Tuscaloosa


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Contact Information:
Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers - Bankhead 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.
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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