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Mother-and-Son Team, Janet Liciaga and Chris Rodriguez, New Owners of TowBoatUS Weiss Lake, Alabama

BoatUS News

Date: 3/20/2024

CENTRE, Ala., March 20, 2024 – On the 30,000-plus-acre “Crappie Capital of the World” — Weiss Lake, Alabama — anglers with skill and perhaps a little luck regularly land 2- and sometimes 3-pounders of the warm-weather-loving gamefish. However, sometimes an angler’s luck runs out

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All ADCNR Lands Covered by No Burn Order

Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resource

Date: 11/9/2023

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Governor Kay Ivey issued a Drought Emergency Declaration – also referred to as a No Burn Order – that prohibits all outdoor burning in Alabama. The order is effective as of 8 a.m. on November 9. The statewide No Burn Order covers all Alabama Department of Conservation and

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Water Resources Outlook for September 2023

National Weather Service

Date: 9/21/2023

Southeast River Forecast Center Water Resources Outlook for September 2023 addressing flooding and drought issues across the southeast U.S

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Expect to See Alligators Throughout Alabama

Alabama Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources

Date: 7/14/2023

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those of us fortunate enough to have lived in Alabama a number of years, one of the benefits the vast majority of residents cherish is interaction with the abundant wildlife that inhabits the state. Becoming familiar with the different animal species and

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Alabama Home to Three of the 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Southeast

Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Date: 7/12/2023

Three Alabama lakes have been included in the Bassmaster list of the 25 best bass lakes in the Southeast for 2023. Two of those lakes made the top 10 with Lake Guntersville in the five spot and Lake Eufaula in at number nine. Pickwick Lake in northwest Alabama closed out Alabama's rankings on the list at 15. &ldquo

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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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