Wheeler Lake

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Wheeler Lake

Alabama

(256) 386-2560

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Overview

Wheeler Lake was created in 1936 as one of the first major dam projects on the Tennessee River for flood control, power generation, and navigation. Today, Wheeler Reservoir is a major recreation and tourist center. Along with camping, boating, and fishing, visitors enjoy the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge several miles upstream from the dam. The refuge features Alabama's only significant concentration of wintering Canada geese. The lake is 74 miles long, has 1,063 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 67,100 acres. Nearby cities include Huntsville, Athens, and Decatur, Alabama. White crappie, largemouth bass, and sunfish are among the principal sport fish.

Map of Wheeler Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 34.887241, -87.125240

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Activities

  • Boating

    Over 25 boat ramps are spread along the shore of Wheeler Lake, giving boaters plenty of access points. Boaters can also find several marinas with any convenience they desire.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto/Motorcycle touring through gorgeous secenery is permitted, though terrain may prove challenging for some stock vehicles.

  • Camping

    The Mallard Creek Campground offers 56 campsites with hook-ups for water and electric. The restrooms have hot showers, and a playground is available for children.

  • Fishing

    Anglers have success with a number of species in Wheeler Lake, but the lake is most popular for its bass fishing. Largemouth as well as smallmouth are common in the lake.

  • Historic Sites

    Contatc pakr for more information on the historical/cultural touring oppurtunities.

  • Hunting

    Some of the forested lands around the lake offer great hunting opportunities. Be sure to check with local authorities for regulations.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic pavilion can be reserved for special events. The pavilion features several electrical outlets, electric lighting, large tables, two fireplaces, grills, and accessible restrooms nearby.

  • RVing

    The Mallard Creek Campground offers 56 campsites with hook-ups for water and electric. The restrooms have hot showers, and a playground is available for children. The campground also has a dumpstation for RVers.

  • Water Sports

    The massive lake is available to just about any sort of water sports visitors could imagine, from swimming, water skiing, and kayaking, to fishing.

Directions

Driving

Decatur, AL, is on the shore of Wheeler Lake. From Huntsville, take I-565 south to Decatur. From Athens, take I-65 south or Highway 72 west to Joe Wheeler State Park.

Flying

The closest major airport is in Huntsville. A variety of car rental agencies is available.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(256) 386-2560

Campground reservations

(256) 637-6623

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