Bear Creek Reservoir News

Water drought management could be costly

Oconee Enterprise

Date: 9/28/2016 3:39:00 PM

“After that it usually begins raining. “We have had enough rains and stream flows, and we are allowed to pump water from the Oconee River that the [Bear Creek] reservoir has stayed full all year. We are within two-tenths of foot of being full

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September continues string of hot months in Athens

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 9/27/2016 3:23:00 PM

27. Athens gets its water from the North Oconee and Middle Oconee rivers, either directly or from the Bear Creek Reservoir, which stores water from the Middle Oconee. The water level in the reservoir remained at full pool Tuesday, however. Further south

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BCDA permit purchases holding steady for sixth consecutive year

Date: 9/26/2016 1:44:00 PM

If you've never enjoyed a day on BCDA property, consider a trip down the Bear Creek Scenic Floatway, which begins below Upper Bear Creek Dam and ends at Bear Creek Reservoir. The popular canoeing and kayaking route features undisturbed forests and fast

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BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

Covington News

Date: 9/20/2016 9:13:00 PM

No timber sales from Bear Creek The BOC passed a motion to not approve the sale of timber in the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir basin Tuesday night. The timber was proposed to be cut in order to raise money to go into the county’s revenues for fiscal year

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Astoria has emergency plan to protect water line

The Daily Astorian

Date: 9/20/2016 9:12:00 AM

Federal and state money will finance a bank stabilization project off Pipeline Road near the water line that moves drinking water from the Bear Creek reservoir to Astoria. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not sign off on the design for the project

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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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