Lake Jordan, Alabama, USA

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Also known as:  Jordan Lake, Jordan Reservoir

Fun is the name of the game at central Alabama’s Lake Jordan. Offering 6,800 acres of water and 188 miles of shoreline, Lake Jordan has become home to numerous fishing tournaments, aquatic events and family outings, making it one of Alabama’s favorite lakes. Visitors will find that the Appalachian’s southernmost hills create a country setting while Alabama’s Metropolitan Tourism Region provides nearby urban attractions. Found only 25 miles north of Montgomery and 65 miles south of Birmingham, Lake Jordan is a welcome retreat for city dwellers interested in a weekend getaway or country residence.

Lake Jordan, also called Jordan Lake, is one of seven reservoirs on the Coosa River, which is impounded by the Alabama Power Company. Most of the lakes and dams constructed by Alabama Power are named after their employees or associates; Jordan Lake is named for the mother of two Mitchell sons associated with the development of Mitchell Lake and Dam. In 1928 Alabama Power completed the construction of Jordan Dam with the intent of harnessing Jordan Reservoir’s hydropower. Bouldin Dam was added in 1967 and was connected to Lake Jordan and the Coosa River by two canals. After the connection, Alabama Power began providing more than hydropower — Lake Jordan now provides flood control, irrigation and drinking water, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat in Elmore County.

Well over 20 public and private recreational developments can be found along the Jordan-Bouldin shores. Campgrounds and swimming areas are found around Bouldin Lake area with numerous picnic areas and playgrounds open along both shores. Alabama Power maintains the Jordan Dam Overlook where visitors can observe the great expanse of Lake Jordan stretching 18 miles toward the horizon. A challenging hike and bike trail climbs through the rolling hills along Swayback Bridge Trail. Here, wildlife enthusiasts often spot deer, turkey and other small woodland creatures roaming the shores of Lake Jordan. Hunting is prohibited around the Jordan-Bouldin developments.

Two of the public boat ramps are Bonner’s Point, located on the western shore, and Rotary Landing on the eastern shore. Both provide docks are handicap accessible and include trailer parking. Multiple marinas found around Jordan Lake provide private launches, docks and services that cater to an angler’s needs.

Fishing piers are maintained by Alabama Power, but boat fishing is the number one attraction on Lake Jordan. According to Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Jordan Reservoir has some of the state’s best fishing, ranking sixth out of 20 reservoirs with five or more tournaments. Additionally, Jordan Lake boasts superb bass catches, ranking second for average pounds caught daily and fourth for average fish weight. In fact, bass dominate much of the fishery with the Coosa River spotted bass and largemouth bass often exceeding 18 inches in length. With depths running from an average 39 feet to a maximum of 115 feet, this haven for fishing enthusiasts also holds bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, threadfin shad and gizzard shad. Please see the link to fish consumption advisories (below).

A blissful lakeside lifestyle is available around every cove and inlet on Lake Jordan, but the lake is also home to regularly-scheduled athletic events. Powerful rapids named the “Devil’s Staircase” now lie under Jordan Lake Dam, but whitewater still runs through the Coosa River. Immediately downstream from Jordan Dam, the Whitewater Challenge draws hundreds of kayakers and thousands of visitors each year. The Coosa River Challenge combines mountain biking, trail running and river paddling along its course. Equally challenging is the new Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge, where swimmers test their endurance on a one-mile swim. For those who prefer a land-based challenge, “Attack on Swayback” is an annual mountain bike race that climbs and winds its way over 12 miles of Lake Jordan’s Swayback Bridge Trail.

Developed as a hydropower project, Jordan Reservoir now combines healthful activity with natural beauty and a gentle lakefront lifestyle. The well-developed shore of Lake Jordan is lined with lush landscaped lawns leading to well-tended vacation rentals and real estate properties. Lake Jordan Home Owners & Boat Owners Association (Lake Jordan HOBO) has been working since 1992 to promote, protect and preserve this lakeside lifestyle and it shows. Whether you come to float the cool water on a hot Alabama day or test your bass-fishing skills, Lake Jordan provides the perfect place to start and end your day.

Things to do at Lake Jordan

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Playground

Fish species found at Lake Jordan

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Shad
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Crappie

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    Lake Jordan Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Alabama Power Company

    Surface Area: 6,800 acres

    Shoreline Length: 188 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 252 feet

    Average Depth: 39 feet

    Maximum Depth: 115 feet

    Water Volume: 236,200 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1928

    Drainage Area: 10,200 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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