Bear Creek Reservoir News

Little Bear Creek Reservoir can return to normal summer level

Times Daily

Date: 2/10/2018 9:20:00 PM

A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said TVA has no reason to keep the water levels at the Little Bear Creek Reservoir artificially low this summer after investigating leaks near the earthen reservoir dam's spillway. The leaks were discovered in April

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Oconee water, wastewater on track to meet fast growth

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 1/17/2018 10:28:00 AM

The county now gets water from the Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County, owned jointly by Oconee, Athens-Clarke, Barrow and Jackson counties. But the Oconee County government also owns about 29 percent of the new Hard Labor Creek Reservoir, now nearing

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Recycled trees become fish habitats

9News

Date: 1/5/2018 12:18:00 PM

They'll be stored for several weeks before being dropped into the water of Bear Creek Reservoir once the water has thawed. Reservoirs in Colorado lack natural fish habitat. Sinking piles of trees creates great places for small fish to hide from predators

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William Richard

The Bulletin

Date: 12/26/2017 1:42:07 AM

Bill always knew that water was the key to their ranching operation. He constructed two reservoirs: Antelope Reservoir and Bear Creek Reservoir. He was instrumental in McCormack Ranch being presented with local, state and national awards for their work in

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Water Resources Outlook (November 2017)

National Weather Service

Date: 11/16/2017

Water Resources Outlook (November

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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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