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Enjoy the Outdoors at Alabama’s Lakes and Beaches

Alabama’s lakes and beaches offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation on your vacation or weekend getaway. Monroe County Lake, north of Monroeville, is a great place to fish for channel catfish, bass and bluegill. Lake Tuscaloosa is a 6,000-acre reservoir with 177 miles of shoreline. Enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and carp. Lake Guntersville is a short drive from the Tennessee state line and close to Scottsboro. Activities include fishing, watersports, and bird watching at Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge.

The Gulf Shores region is famous for pristine beaches, golf, charter fishing, and a wealth of watersports. Explore the back bays and rivers and feast on fresh seafood. Orange Beach offers sunbathing on white sand beaches and a host of activities from deep-sea fishing and golf to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Waterville USA amusement park. Dauphin Island is a barrier island south of Mobile Bay and accessible via a three-mile high-rise bridge. See the Audubon Bird Sanctuary or tour the Estuarium at Dauphin Island. Plan a day trip to Destin, Florida and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast. Henderson Beach State Park offers swimming, picnicking, bathhouse facilities, and fishing spots.

Monroe County State Public Fishing Lake

Located in Beatrice, the Monroe County State Public Fishing Lake is set along County Road 50 in southern Alabama. Monroe County Lake covers 94 acres just north of Monroeville. Open sunrise to sunset, Monroe County Lake offers bass, bluegill, bream, and channel catfish. The area surrounding the lake features a bait shop, concession stand, equipment rentals, and a picnic area.

Lake Tuscaloosa

Formerly the site of the North River, Lake Tuscaloosa is a 6,000-acre reservoir set in central Alabama just north of Tuscaloosa.
Constructed in 1970, this recreational lake features 177 miles of shoreline. The lake was created when neighboring Lake Harris and Lake Nicol were dammed due to Tuscaloosa's rising population.

Visitors of Lake Tuscaloosa enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing during the summer months.
Sport fisherman may reel in the Alabama spotted bass, or largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and white crappie – while causal fisherman can hook catfish, carp, and freshwater drum.