The Alabama River Lakes Project Office consists of three lakes; Claiborne Lake, Woodruff Lake and the William Dannelly Reservoir. The project starts near Wetumpka, Alabama and the waterway flows into the Tombigbee River near Jackson.
Today, the beautiful waters of the Alabama River Lakes and the surrounding forests provide excellent recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and sight-seeing.
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. Claiborne Lock and Dam was completed in 1971, but was opened for navigation in November 1969. It has no power installation. Although the lake remains mostly within the original river banks, Claiborne provides extensive opportunities for water-related recreation.
William “Bill” Dannelly Reservoir
Bisecting Alabama's Black Prairie Belt, the William "Bill" Dannelly Reservoir encompasses 105 miles of the Alabama River. Dannelly Reservoir boasts an area of about 27 square miles and a shoreline of more than 500 miles. Since opening in 1974, the lake and its surrounding parks have become a recreational center, offering excellent fishing, skiing, boating and hunting. With its great appeal to sportsmen, birders, naturalists and those who just want to "get away from it all," it's little wonder that almost 3 million people visit Dannelly each year.
Woodruff Lake offers such activities as fishing, boating, water-skiing, picnicking, camping, swimming and hiking. The project features 11 parks that are well-facilitated for visitors. Conveniences at the parks include beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and boat launching ramps. Since construction of the first park in 1975, annual attendance figures have soared to over 2 million.
All Alabama River Lakes Campgrounds are going cashless on November 1, 2018. Click here for more information.