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High Waters Bring Closures To BWT Recreation Areas

US Army Corps of Engineers - Mobile District
Published Feb. 10, 2020

  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District at Black Warrior-Tombigbee Lakes Demopolis Site Office closed several recreation areas along the BWT Waterway System as of Feb. 10, 2020, until further notice due to high water levels from recent heavy rains.

“Excessive rain and flooding have caused issues with some of our key services provided,” said Jason Cassity, supervisory natural resource specialist for the BWT Project. “These closures are necessary for safety reasons until issues in affected areas are resolved.”

Recreation areas will be reopened as soon as clean-up efforts can be completed.

These areas include:


  • Lock 8
  • Jennings Ferry Campground
  • Finches Ferry
  • Lock 7 West
  • Selden Spillway
  • Mill Creek Boat Ramp


  • Lock 6
  • Lock 5
  • Belmont Park
  • Runaway II
  • Backbone
  • Arcola
  • Foscue Park


  • Service Park
  • Old Lock One
  • Lenoir’s Landing

For river level information, go to BWT’s webpage:

Visit or call 1-877-444-6777 for information regarding notifications and refunds for any affected reservations.

Contact the Demopolis Site Office at 334-289-3540 for any additional information.


The Black Warrior-Tombigbee Project Office is home to six beautiful lakes – Bankhead, Holt, Oliver, Warrior, Demopolis, and Coffeeville – stretching from the headwaters near Birmingham, south through Tuscaloosa, Demopolis and Coffeeville, Alabama. Part of the larger Black Warrior & Tombigbee Waterway system, the lakes serve commercial navigation and hydropower purposes, and its beautiful waters provide an abundance of recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, camping, hunting, hiking, and sightseeing.

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Lance D. Davis
109 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Public Affairs
109 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Release no. 20-007