Lake Lurleen State Park is a 1,625-acre scenic retreat that has all you need for a pleasure filled day or weekend of outdoor activities. Known for its 250-acre man-made lake and water activities, Lake Lurleen State Park also offers camping and hiking attractions for outdoor lovers. This articles describes Lake Lurleen and its available facilities.
Alabama State Parks – Welcome to Lake Lurleen State Park
Lake Lurleen State Park is a scenic lakeside retreat that offers camping, water, and nature activities to day-visitors and outdoor camping enthusiasts alike. Located just 14 miles from the University of Alabama campus, home of the “Crimson Tide,” and 9 miles Northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport, the centerpiece of this 1,625-acre park is Lake Lurleen, a 250-acre man-made lake, named after the wife of the famous Alabama Govemor George Wallace.
Although Lake Lurleen and water activities are the focus of this Alabama State Park, there are plenty of other amenities and activities available for visitors. The park has: an activity building available to rent, 4 pavilions, over 19 miles of hiking trails, modern campsites, a playground, a sandy lakeside swimming beach, 3 fishing piers, picnic tables with grills, and a camp store.
Boating on Lake Lurleen can range from canoeing and kayaking to motor boats, (but no jet skis or water skiing), and there are two well-maintained boat-launch areas. Boat rentals are available. Boasting three fishing piers and bank fishing, Lake Lurleen provides the angler with plenty of access to the lake’s stock of largemouth Bass and Crappie, along with a hearty population of Bream and Catfish. Swimming in the lake is restricted to a roped-off area, but it includes a wide sandy beach, a beach pavilion, and a modern bathhouse. Picnic tables with grills and the playground are just steps away. It’s a great place to kick-back and relax, while still being able to keep an eye on what everyone is doing.
The park also has an activity building and 4 pavilions available for group rentals. Each pavilion includes tables and seating, electricity, and a large charcoal grill for cooking. The activity room has a wrap-around porch, electricity, and can include tables and chairs.
The park has 91 improved camp sites for RV and tent camping that include water and electric. Over a third of the camping sites have RV sewage hook-ups, and there is a sewage dumping station and bathhouse available for all campers. If you are lucky enough to get one of the direct lakeside campsites you can enjoy a little bank fishing right from your camp. For more primitive camping, the outer sites will give you that “wilderness” feel.
Recently completed trails provide over 15 miles of hiking and biking opportunities.
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