Warrior Lake, Alabama, USA
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…
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All About Warrior Lake, AL
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
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What Kind of Fish Are in Warrior Lake?
Warrior Lake has been known to have the following fish species:
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Striped Bass
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Warrior Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
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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