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Overview of Alabama River Lakes State Recreation Area

Alabama River Lakes State Recreation Area is a natural haven offering a variety of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery along the Alabama River. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this area is known for its lakes, such as William Bill Dannelly Reservoir, and scenic vistas. It's a popular spot for camping, fishing, boating, and hiking among other outdoor pursuits.

Camping Facilities

General Information: Camping facilities in the Alabama River Lakes area typically include both developed campsites with various amenities as well as more primitive sites for those seeking a rugged experience.

Developed Campsites:

  • Electricity and Water: Many sites offer hookups for RVs, along with potable water connections.
  • Restrooms: Campgrounds often provide restrooms with flush toilets and sometimes showers.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Usually each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring or grill.

Primitive Camping:

  • Basics: These sites generally do not have access to water or electricity and may not be accessible by vehicle.
  • Minimal Facilities: Campers can expect basic facilities like vault toilets, and must be prepared to leave no trace.


  • Boating: Boaters can explore the vast lakes and enjoy activities like water skiing and wakeboarding.
  • Fishing: The Alabama River Lakes are home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.
  • Hiking: There are trails available for all skill levels, offering the chance to explore the area's flora and fauna.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is rich in biodiversity; birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts might spot various bird species and other wildlife.

Safety Tips

  • Weather Awareness: Always check weather conditions before your trip and be prepared for sudden changes.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Understand how to safely interact with wildlife and what to do in an encounter.
  • Water Safety: If engaging in water activities, wear life jackets and be aware of the lake's depth and current.

Reservation and Fees

  • Campsite Reservation: Sites can be reserved in advance, and it's recommended to do so, especially during peak season.
  • Fees: There are fees for camping, which vary depending on the type of campsite and the amenities provided. Always check the latest information on the official website or contact the management directly.

Regulations and Leave No Trace

  • Campfires: Only build fires in designated areas and ensure they are completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Trash Disposal: Pack out what you pack in, and use designated disposal facilities where available.
  • Respect Nature: Respect the natural surroundings by staying on designated trails and avoiding damage to vegetation.

Contact Information and Resources

Before heading out, it's a good idea to contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' office that manages the Alabama River Lakes State Recreation Area for the most current information:

Site Management Office: You can find the contact information on the official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for the specific recreation area or by conducting a simple internet search for Alabama River Lakes State Recreation Area.

Online Resources: Check online resources for maps, guides, and additional information to help plan your visit effectively. Websites like recreation.gov can be helpful for reservations and campground specifics.

Remember, conditions and policies can change, so it's always best to get the latest information directly from the managing authority before setting out on your camping adventure.

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