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Water Resources Outlook (March 2017)

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/16/2017

Water Resources Outlook (March

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Commissioners want change in panel interview process

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 3/15/2017 12:31:00 PM

The Classic Center and the Bear Creek Reservoir, to advising the county on public art and aesthetics — commissioners gave serious consideration to streamlining the often onerous process of making appointments to those groups. For some years now

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Boating could be banned at Bear Creek Reservoir

Date: 3/12/2017 5:00:00 PM

JEFFERSON - Folks who were looking forward to fishing on the new Bear Creek reservoir may be disappointed. Security concerns following the 9-11 attacks have encouraged officials to not allow boating on the lake to spare the cost of converting the water

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Northeastern Marion County

Date: 3/9/2017 10:54:00 PM

Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include… Haleyville, Hackleburg, Bear Creek, Pigeye, Tessner and Upper Bear Creek Reservoir. Intense thunderstorm north of Tremont MS will move east into Marion County AL affecting

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Marion County (Expired)

Date: 3/9/2017 6:52:00 PM

Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include… Bear Creek, Tessner and Upper Bear Creek Reservoir. * At 812 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Brinn, or 9 miles west of Haleyville, moving northeast at 50 mph

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• Surface Area: 670 Acres
Bear Creek Reservoir, also known as Big Bear, was first impounded in 1969 mostly as a flood control reservoir and holds 670 acres of water at full pool. The lake was drained in 2005. Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Russellville in Franklin County, it is one of four Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoirs operated by the Bear Creek Development Authority. The primary uses of this reservoir are flood control and recreation.

Bear Creek Reservoir is wild and scenic as no residential development mars the lakes shoreline. Camping and fishing provide the main recreational opportunities. Two public areas (Piney Point and Horseshoe Bend) provide boat ramps and campgrounds.

Bear Creek is one of four dams - the others are Upper Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek, and Cedar Creek - that provide flood control, recreational opportunities, and water supply in northwest Alabama.

The Bear Creek area is popular for all kinds of boating, including canoeing and kayaking. The Bear Creek Floatway, which flows into Bear Creek Reservoir, is a popular spot for teaching first-timers to negotiate rapids and work with the current.
Below the dam the Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail provides a more leisurely float, running 34 miles down the creek to Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee.
The scenic area is also frequented by fishermen, picnickers, birdwatchers, and sightseers.
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