Visit Walker County Lake for Great Views and Outdoor Recreation
One of Walker County’s most beautiful and underrated resources is the Walker County Lake. Only a short drive from downtown, the lake was originally known exclusively for fishing. However, thanks to work by the Health Action Partnership’s Livable Communities Priority Group, the lake has expanded to include new activities for the entire family.
Driving up to the lake, you’re greeted by the picturesque water still on a warm and sunny afternoon. Purchase a day-permit and spend hours fishing off one of the many docks or take out your boat for the day. This summer, there is even night fishing until 11pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Up for something new? Try birding. There are currently 56 recorded species of birds spotted around the lake. The area is a part of the West Alabama Birding Trail and is the perfect place to spy anything from a Chipping Sparrow to a Pine Warbler or even a Bald Eagle. Use our birding checklist to see if you can spot them all!
You can spot an old eagle’s nest on one of the two trails at the lake. The Nature Trail is situated right next to the picnic area at the lake, making it ideal for an afternoon of hiking and eating sandwiches with the family. The Northern Trail is also a great option for any hikers, running from the end of the northern road up to the headwaters of the lake and winding past some beautiful views.
Additionally, a new archery park is being planned and constructed at the lake thanks to a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Walker County Commission. As an avid hunting and fishing community, residents of Walker County have been eager for an archery park to support the popularity of the sport, so watch for updates as plans progress. The park is slated to be completed in October – just in time for bow season!
For more information about amenities and prices, check out this info card. Interested in holding an event at the lake involving one of the new recreational activities? Check out the Walker County Lake website for flyer templates to fit any occasion.
Keep an eye out for the new Walker County Lake brand to go along with the improvements. United Way of Central Alabama worked with The Modern Brand to create a logo and promotion materials for the lake. The new branding goes hand-in-hand with the promotional campaign launching in March of 2017, including local T.V. and online advertisements that have resulted in more than 1,400 fishing permits being sold.
All of these improvements have been thanks to partnerships cultivated and lead by the Livable Communities priority group.A key partner is the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, who maintains the state lake property. It is due to the continued support of DCNR and the Walker County Commission that new amenities are being added at the lake for central Alabama residents to be active outside. The group is working in tandem with the overall Walker County Lake Masterplan.