Warrior Lake, Alabama, USA

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Also known as:  Warrior Reservoir

Warrior Lake is part of the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Lake system located in the diverse Metropolitan Tourism Region of Alabama. Six miles southeast of Eutaw, the lake covers 7,800 acres and runs 77 miles of the Black Warrior River, with 300 miles of shoreline. Formed by the Armistead I. Seldon Dam, the reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, primitive camping, hunting and water sports. The lake serves as a border line for Greene and Hale Counties in a very rural and lightly populated part of the state. The Black Warrior River is a tributary of the Tombigee River which ends at the Gulf of Mexico. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the shores of Warrior Lake are unspoiled by urban development, providing visitors with a true escape from city life.

The area around Warrior Lake has a fascinating history and “metropolitan” background. From 1000-1450 A.D., Moundville, located along the Black Warrior River, was one of the largest “cities” in North America. By 1540, when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his army of conquistadors marched through the area, it would appear that Moundville had been reduced to a burial site with no mention of it in de Soto’s account of his travels. The area remained largely agricultural and became known for its rich coal beds. The river was mostly used for transportation of coal and other goods, although often at great peril. In the late 1800’s the Board of Engineers for the Army began discussing the improvement of the Black Warrior River to allow unhindered barge and steamer navigation. A series of dams and locks were built over the years, with the last one, Armistead I. Selden Lock and Dam, having been completed in 1962. Also known as Warrior Reservoir, the primary uses for the lake include navigation, flood control, and recreation.

Due to the rural nature of Warrior Lake’s location and miles of shoreline that the lake encompasses, anglers often have the place to themselves. That works out well for the fish and the preservation of the area. Warrior Lake offers great fishing and is best known for its largemouth bass, catfish and crappie fishing. Abundant weed beds provide good cover, and largemouth bass 12-13 inches in size are common. Small crappie under nine inches are abundant as are catfish. Other species include bream, drum, and hybrid striped bass. Boat ramps are available at various day-use parks around the lake, as are fishing piers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides several day-use parks around Warrior Lake for picnicking, hiking and fishing. Playgrounds and picnic shelters are found at several of the parks. For a primitive camping experience, reserve a spacious campsite at Jennings Ferry Campground. For a fascinating trip through history, the Jones Archaeological Museum, formerly known as Mound State Monument, is located on the lake at Moundsville.

Remember that Warrior Lake is out of the way, so accommodations are a bit scarce, as is real estate. If you don’t want to pitch a tent or camp out in your travel trailer, you can find a place to stay in nearby Eutaw, and while you are there be sure to check out the large number of antebellum homes sprinkled throughout the small town. Greensboro is another option, located about 15 miles from the Warrior Lake dam.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing day of fishing on the lake or a camping adventure, Warrior Lake is definitely the place to go to get away from busy schedules, traffic, and the daily grind.

Things to do at Warrior Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Warrior Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Surface Area: 7,800 acres

    Shoreline Length: 300 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 96 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 121 feet

    Average Depth: 23 feet

    Maximum Depth: 50 feet

    Water Volume: 197,340 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1962

    Drainage Area: 5,828 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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:

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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