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State issues fish consumption advisories

Franklin County Times

Date: 7/26/2017 10:15:00 AM

Bear Creek Reservoir in the dam forebay area, mile 75; advisory: largemouth bass, do not consume. Cedar Creek Reservoir in the dam forebay area to 1 mile upstream; advisory: channel catfish, two meals per month, and largemouth bass, two meals per month

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Fayette man’s body recovered

Trussville Tribune

Date: 7/20/2017 2:38:00 PM

A boating incident on the Bear Creek Reservoir has claimed the life of a Fayette man. Robert Lane Kemp, 63, was recovered from the water and pronounced dead at approximately 5:30 a.m. today after becoming displaced from his vessel on July 10 near a

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ALEA investigating boating fatality near Haleyville

Date: 7/20/2017 10:43:00 AM

A Fayette man is dead after a boating incident on the Bear Creek Reservoir. 63-year-old Robert Lane Kemp went missing around 4 p.m. on July 10 near a boat launch on Upper Bear Lake near Haleyville. ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) says that he was

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Body of missing boater recovered from Bear Creek

CBS 42

Date: 7/20/2017 9:47:00 AM

(WIAT) — A Fayette man is dead after being displaced from his boat in an incident on Bear Creek Reservoir. 63-year-old Robert Lane Kemp went missing around 4 p.m. on July 10 near a boat launch on Upper Bear Lake near Haleyville. The Alabama Law

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Body of 63-year-old Fayette man found on Bear Creek after boating incident

Date: 7/20/2017 9:35:00 AM

Robert Lane Kemp, 63, was reported missing July 10 after authorities were notified about an unattended boat at Bear Creek Reservoir near Haleyville, said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Johnathan Appling. Crews began searching for Kemp around 4:30

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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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