Nature At Its Best
Whatever one's recretional pursuits, he is likely to find them in Elmore County, particularly the outdoors-man. Over three- fourths of the county is covered in woodland, making it abundant in wildlife.
Hiking along the Coosa River or around Fort Toulouse/Jackson State Historic Site is an experience in beauty and wonder. Fishing is an excellent year around sport due to the mild winters. Bass, bream and catfish abound in the nearby lakes, rivers and many well stocked ponds. Lakes Jordan and Martin, and the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Alabama Rivers offer ideal locations for boating, canoeing, skiing, sailing and other water oriented activities.
Lake Martin, one of the world's largest man-made lakes with approximately 44, 000 acres of clear sparkling water, is located only 20 minutes from the City of Wetumpka. This recreational playground offers golf, sailing clubs, and marinas all within close proximity.
Lake Jordan, a 4,900 acre lake, located only 10 minutes from Wetumpka is a fisherman's paradise. Water skiing, jet skiing and other forms of water sports are also abundant.
Many annual activities take place on both lakes each year.
Experience The Coosa River
The Coosa River flows through the middle of the City, dividing the historic business district from its residential counterpart. The waters south of the Bibb Graves Bridge offer navigable access to the Gulf of Mexico. From the foot of Jordan Dam, to the north side of the bridge, the waters are more shallow and filled with rock formations.
This portion of the river is home to the infamous "Moccasin Gap", a series of Class III rapids sure to challenge even the most experienced paddler. The rumbling waters are ideal for rafts, canoes, and kayaks.
Each year hundreds of adventurous sports-men from across the United States converge on the river for the Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival. The event, sponsored by the Coosa River Paddling Club begins at the base of Jordan Dam and concludes in Wetumpka. Nationally sanctioned racing, surfing, and ender competitions are only a few of the many activities. From April until October, whitewater excursions are available through Southern Trails, Coosa Outdoor Center, Coosa River Adventures and Tulotoma - Wetumpka Outdoor Center. They provide transportation to the launch site and all necessary supplies. (See the "Where To Stay" section of this website for further details.)
"“Do the Coosa” with Coosa Outdoor Center. They rent canoes, kayaks and sit-on-tops at 172 River Road in Wetumpka, AL from mid-March to the end of October. Reservations may be made by calling 334 201-5510 or 334 567-3788.
The "put-in" is located at the Jordan Dam East Boat Ramp between Jordan Dam and a 70-foot rock outcropping that some call the end of the Appalachian Mountains.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler, young or more mature, you’ll have a great time “Doing the Coosa!” if you are physically in shape. The scenery on the Coosa is beautifully serene. One often has the opportunity to see osprey, eagles and great blue herons. The Coosa River is also the home of the Tulotoma Magnificent Snail which is an endangered species.
The first half mile of the river is moving flat water which is a great place to become familiar with your boat and comfortable with the water.
The rapids begin at River Falls with a number of Class I and II. The rapids are interspersed with pools of flat water. Class II/III Moccasin Gap is located about halfway down the whitewater stretch of the Coosa. The river center rock at Moccasin Gap is a great place to stop and swim, picnic with your family and watch the kayakers do their boating tricks.
There are numerous rapids following Moccasin Gap with the last rapid being Corn Creek Rapid. It is only a few hundred yards downstream from the large white house on river right (you’ll see a Lighthouse adjacent to the house). Just past the Corn Creek Rapid, you will need to move to left of river center to see our bright yellow “Coosa Outdoor Center Take-Out” banner. If you go past the small wooden deck (river left) on which the large bright yellow banner is hung, you will miss the take-out and you must turn around and paddle back 100 ft. There is a fee for pick-ups further down the river!"
|Class of Rapids on Trip: III - Rapids with high, irregular waves|
Name of trip: Do the Coosa
Type of trip: Beginner
Duration of Trip: 1/2 day or less
Minimum Age Requirement: Children as parents decide.
Gear Provided: Free
Meal provided: No
Shuttle provided: Yes
Cost of trip per person: 29.00 (listed in local currency)
Is this trip family-friendly?: Yes
Address of meeting place:
172 River Road
Wetumpka, AL USA
Company's website: [Web Link]
Phone Number of Company: 334-201-5510
Additional parking coordinates (if necessary): Not Listed
|Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers|
|Several rivers join in the Wetumpka area (northeast of Montgomery) with unofficial wading/swimming opportunities in 2 State parks. For details, see DIRECTIONS below. |
|From Montgomery, take RT 9 north about 15 miles (several turns required to stay on RT 9) toward Wetumpka. Then: |
FORT TOULOUSE/JACKSON PARK [FTJP]: Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park has river access and, at the very west end of the park after a long walk, there is unofficial swimming access where the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers meet to form the headwaters of the Alabama River. A sacred place for the indians who use to reside there. PARK WEB SITE.
To get here from RT 9, about 15 miles north of Montgomery, look for the Key West Inn on the left and Super Walmart on the right, then a shopping center on the right. At the shopping center there is a red light; turn left here onto Fort Toulouse Road, and go approximately 2.5 miles; Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park is at the very end of the road. Once in the park, walk to the far west end of the park where three rivers come together. The swimming hole is here. Address: 2521 West Ft Toulouse Rd, Wetumpka, Alabama 36093 LAT LON: lat=32.50366, lon=-86.26218(source: Map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.
CORN CREEK PARK [CORP] (CURRENTLY CLOSED): Corn creek is a large creek with small rapids and rock falls. Average depth is 1-3 feet. Jumping and rope swing. The creek empties into a larger river. PARK WEB SITE , ARTICLE/PHOTOS ABOUT WATER PLAY.
To get here from RT 9, about 15 miles north of Montgomery, go past Watumpka, cross RT 14, keep left on RT 231 where RT 9 goes off to the right, then (about 1 mile past RT 14) across from the prison, turn left on a gravel road and go 1 mile more through woods into the park. LAT LON: lat=32.5598553 lon=-86.20246(source: Web site) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014. http://www.swimmingholes.org/al.html
|Corn Creek Park|
8935 Us Highway 231
|Details: Located on the Coosa River, with Picnic tables, hiking trail and river access.|
3454 Firetower Road
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|Details: Located on the grounds of Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church. Developed around biblical stories that children enjoy, including Noah's Ark, Jonah's whale, David and Goliath, The Wall of Jericho, and the Tower of Babel. Consists of traditional slides and climbing equipment with the addition of a puppet theater. Also includes pavilion, basketball court and tennis court.|
|Gold Star Park|
212 S. Main St
|Details: Located on the banks of the Coosa River adjacent to downtown. State operated boat ramp for the Coosa River, picnic areas, gazebo, riverwalk pave path, playground, Elmore County Museum, two historic log cabins, a stage for performances, and several rustic bridges and walk ways. Christmas on the Coosa and Riverfest are held annually at Gold Star Park.|
|Wetumpka Memorial Park|
120 Cotton Street
|Details: Picnic and play areas, a covered Bar-B-Que area that may be rented for social events, tennis courts, and the Fain Community Center.|
|Wetumpka Municipal Park|
815 Kelly Fitzpatrick Drive
|Details: Offers six ball fields serving girls and boys ages five to fourteen. All the fields are fully equipped with with covered dugouts, press boxes, and scoreboards. The large concession stand provides a variety of food and drink items during ball season.|
Current Weather and Best Fishing times for Lake Jordan, Wetumpka AL (Real Time):
Lake Jordan (Real-Time) Water Levels, Generators and Generation Outflow Hosted by Alabama Power Company
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Located twenty-five miles due north of the city of Montgomery in central Alabama, Lake Jordan is a 6,800-acre impoundment on the Coosa River with 188 miles of shoreline. The Mitchell Dam tailwater area at the upper end of the lake is a popular recreational area to many anglers with ample bank fishing access. Lake Jordan was impounded by Alabama Power Company in 1928; however, in 1967, Bouldin Dam was completed which impounded an adjacent basin that connects Lake Jordan by a short canal. Lake Jordan is very fertile and supports high densities of sport fish and forage species. The lake was constructed to provide flood control, and supply hydroelectricity; however, the lake has become very popular for various types of recreation including boating, swimming and fishing.
Public and private boat ramps, as well as several private marinas provide access to Lake Jordan. Two popular public boating access areas include Bonner’s Point on the west side of the lake (Directions: From Wetumpka, travel north on Highway 111 Holtville Road for approximately 8 miles to Bonners Point Road. Turn Right and follow Bonner's Point Road a half mile to the boat ramp.) Another Boat launch is Rotary Landing to the east (Directions: From Wallsboro travel North on Highway 231 for approx. 0.6 miles to Old Hwy 231 just before Hwy 231 becomes 2-lane. Turn left & continue approx. 2.5 miles and veer left onto Jordan Dam Road. Travel approx 1 mile to Boat Ramp Road & turn left. Follow Boat Ramp Road 0.8 miles to Rotary Boat Ramp.)
AWFF* Boat Ramps and Fishing Access at Lake Jordan
Boat Ramp Name
Boat Ramp Lanes
Parking Lot Size
From Wetumpka north on Hwy 111, right on Bonner's Point Road to ramp.
31 Trailers; One Acre
Rotary Club or State Ramp
From Wallsboro, north on Hwy 231 to old Hwy 231, left on Jordan Dam Rd., left on Boat Ramp Road to Ramp
90 Trailers; Four Acres
The Department has specific regulations about the use of these boating and fishing access areas. If you have questions about these boating and fishing access areas, contact the District II Fisheries Supervisor.
*AWFF is the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
**For information only, not for navigation unless checked with individual GPS unit.
Several private marinas located on the main lake and up river near Mitchell Dam also include boat ramps. Topographic maps of Lake Jordan are available at local marinas and sporting goods stores.
For access to the Coosa River, there is a Boat Ramp on the lower Coosa called Crommelin's Landing (also known as the Boat Ramp at Gold Star Park) and the newest Wetumpka Boat Launch directly across the river from Gold Star Park on Dozier Street, 361 Feet South of West Bridge Street. Fort Toulouse has it's own Boat Launch located on Ft. Toulouse Road off Highway 231 in Wetumpka.
Maps Courtesy of Alabama Bass Trail
The most common sport fish found in Lake Jordan include the Alabama spotted bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black and white crappie. Popular non-game fish include channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. Primary forage species include both threadfin shad and gizzard shad. Overall, the status of the fish population in Lake Jordan remains unchanged from the 1980s.
Like many other fertile impoundments, the potential of this fishery is limited by poor early life survival and high mortality of fish during their first winter. However, growth of important sport fish species such as black bass and crappie exceed the statewide average. Largemouth and spotted bass are similar in abundance, and their recruitment is fairly stable. However, like other Coosa River impoundments, crappie recrutment is highly variable.
2001 Dozier students fishing at YMCA Camp Chandler, Jordan Lake.
Most anglers are very satisfied with the bass fishing on Lake Jordan because it has remained very consistent during the last 20 years. Based on overall quality of bass fishing, Jordan Reservoir ranked 6th of 20 reservoirs that had 5 or more tournaments. Jordan also ranked 2nd for average pounds of bass caught per day and 4th for average weight of bass caught. These reports also suggest that total bass catch rates have increased in the last few years.
Sampling work in 2009 revealed that the abundance of largemouth and spotted bass has remained stable in recent years. Growth rates of both largemouth bass and spotted bass in Lake Jordan are among the fastest in the state; in 5 years, these species can easily exceed 18 inches in length. Recent sampling suggested that both largemouth bass and spotted bass populations are dominated by large fish; even larger than observed in 2005.
A strong year-class of crappie were produced in 2005, and occupied 49% of the total sample in 2009. This year-class of crappie should continue to sustain the fishery until another strong year-class is produced. Crappie growth and condition remain excellent as is typical with nutrient-rich impoundments. Creel surveys conducted in 2009 indicated that anglers harvested 7% of bass and 70% of crappie caught from Lake Jordan. The low harvest rates of bass is primarily why a more restrictive length limit would have no apparent affect on the fishery in Lake Jordan.
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division has stocked numerous sport fish into Lake Jordan beginning in 1969, which include Florida largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and striped bass. The Division currently stocks hybrid striped bass at a rate of 6 per acre, annually.
Fishing:Bass fishing is good year-round in the Coosa River and Lake Jordan, with the biggest usually caught from February through April when the fish are near the banks. Bluegill and redear sunfish can be caught by the bank and boat anglers from late spring through summer. Channel catfish are caught year-round, but the summer months are best. Crappie fishing is best from late February through April.
The most productive times to fish are during spring and fall; however, during the summer months, nighttime catfish and bass fishing can also be very good. Largemouth bass are more cover oriented and are usually caught by fishing in or near dense water willow stands that grow near the shoreline. Spotted bass are more structure oriented and can be caught from various habitat-types including, points, humps, ledges, rock-piles, and vegetation.
Popular bass lures include willow-leaf spinnerbaits in white or shad color patterns, topwater chuggers and walking baits in shad colors, hard and soft plastic jerk-baits, and Carolina-rigged centipedes or finesse worms in various shades of green. Numerous bass tournaments are held at Bonner’s Point on the western shore and Rotary Landing on the eastern shore, with night tournaments generally being held during the week and daytime tournaments taking place on weekends.
Crappie often congregate around shallow woody debris during springtime and can be caught using live minnows. During winter months, crappie frequently remain in large schools suspended just below the surface in open water and can be caught by trolling light-weight jigs tipped with live minnows.
Bluegills, shellcrackers, and other sunfish species are abundant and are often found along weed beds, backwater sloughs and in shallow coves. Live crickets or tiny beetle-spins are the best choices when targeting bluegill. Fishing for bluegill is usually best near the first full moon in May, but remains good throughout the summer. Bluegill spawning areas can be identified by the clusters of circular depressions in shallow water areas protected from wind and wave action. Peak spawning activity usually occurs near the full moon during summertime.
"Jug-fishing" is also a very popular fishing method for catfish on Lake Jordan. The jugs are usually baited with chicken liver, nightcrawlers, or cut shad and are allowed to drift down the river with the current just above the bottom. Early summer is the best time to catch catfish.
The Bouldin Canal on the south end of the lake provides a unique fishing opportunity. When hydroelectricity is being generated at Bouldin Dam, a strong current flows through the canal. The current attracts many species of fish that sometimes feed heavily during power generation. Contact Alabama Power Company at 1-800-LAKES11 for tentative generation schedules.
Alabama Power Company has improved fishing by providing habitat in this lake. Coordinates of these habitat improvements are available as an Excel spreadsheet or a GPS download from www.alabamapower.com/lakes/fishdata.asp.
It is illegal to possess blueback herring in Alabama. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.
Fishing license information may be found at: /fishing/freshwater/license/. Instant licensing is available via the Internet (2% fee), via the telephone by calling 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free.
Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/
Bass fishing quality at Jordan Reservoir is assessed from bass club tournament results at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/quality/.
If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. We use information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.
State fish management information and Alabama reservoir location, size and elevation are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/
Additional information about the local area is available at: www.visitelmoreco.com/, www.wetumpka.al.us/, and www.wetumpkachamber.com/ .
Bass fishing reports for Jordan Lake may be available at: www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/.
Current water levels may be found for Jordan Dam at: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/al/hydro.html
Read an article about Striped Bass of the Coosa River System by Steve Smith, former District Fisheries Biologist.
It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing.
The Fisheries Section’s District II Supervisor can answer specific questions about Lake Jordan by sending mail to Dan Catchings at Dan.Catchings@dcnr.alabama.gov.
Lake Mitchell tailwaters are the headwaters of Jordan Lake. Alabama Power Company provides bank access on the west side of the dam, just of AL Hwy 22.
Reprinted from: Outdoor Alabama Fisheries Section, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Lake Martin Real-Time Water Levels and Information:
Russell Lands On Lake Martin
2544 Willow Point Road
Alexander City, AL 35010
Toll Free: 866.329.0835
245 Mountain View Rd, Wetumpka, Alabama 36093-3846, United States
Emerald Mountain Golf Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Wetumpka, Alabama. This championship layout features 4 sets of teeboxes for the enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels.
Quail Walk Country Club
|Tees || ||Yardage ||Course Rating ||Slope|
|Back ||72 ||7023 ||73.5 ||133|
2110 Holtville Rd, Wetumpka, Alabama 36092-5706, United States
This course is located in a valley within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The scenery is beautiful, and many holes offer extremely scenic vistas. Water hazards (ponds) come into play.
|Tees || ||Yardage ||Course Rating ||Slope|
|Back ||72 ||6480 ||70 ||113|
The Trail of Legends Association
A non- profit volunteer organization was created for the purpose of designing a master system of trails crisscrossing Elmore County. Working with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, the goal is to provide residents and visitors new venues for walking, running, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing.
Swayback Bridge Trail
Whether it is hiking or biking visitors have in mind, the Swayback Bridge Trail is a popular destination for trail enthusiasts. Officially opened in 1998, the Swayback Trail is a project of the county’s Trail of Legends Association (TOLA).
This 12 mile rugged hiking and biking trail is located on the bank of Lake Jordan. Markers are installed along the path so visitors will be able to know where they are on the trail, a map on the entrance board also helps to guide visitors. The trail site is just off Old U. S. Highway 231 near Camp Chandler. Signs and other amenities help first-time visitors to locate and utilize the trail more fully. http://www.trailoflegends.org/
Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail
Gold Star Park
Gold Star Park is a small park in the city of Wetumpka featuring an excellently designed and executed walking trail with very good birding right along the Coosa River. The trail encompasses a surprising variety of habitats – forest, riverbank, and more. It includes several elevated sections that lead through excellent bird habitat.More Info
Age Level Activities and Sports
Serving as home to the Wetumpka Dixie League, the Wetumpka Municipal Park provides a venue for residents to experience the thrill of youthful competition. An estimated 900 youth and 200 adults spend countless hours rounding the bases.
The six lighted playing fields, located at 815 Kelly Fitzpatrick Drive, are also used by the nearby high school and other civic groups. A batting cage is available for practice sessions and a city operated concession stand offers spectators an array of refreshments.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, located on Lancaster Street, offers volleyball, basketball, softball, and a variety of other youth activities. The facility includes two outdoor basketball courts and two lighted baseball fields.
The Wetumpka Senior Center is located at the Fain Community Center at 120 Cotton Street. Prime Time is the City of Wetumpka’s Program for Senior Adults and Retirees. It is contracted through the Central Alabama Aging Consortium to provide both congregate and homebound meals to seniors in the community. Prime Time is housed in the Fain Center at 120 Cotton Street, Wetumpka. This facility includes a dance hall/dining room, computer section, craft section, exercise section, a television/game room and a stage for entertainment. Tennis courts and a playground are located directly behind the facility. Prime Time activities are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Transportation to and from the facility is offered within the Wetumpka police jurisdiction. Suggested donation amounts for both the meal and transportation are given, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Prime Time offers numerous opportunities including, Wii Nintendo Sports, Games (Dominoes, Bridge, Cards, Poker, Horseshoes), Bingo, Art/Painting Classes, Computer Classes, Devotional, Crafts, Field Trips, and much more. It offers SilverSneakers, a Healthways exercise program, as well as the use of exercise equipment.
A map of the Wetumpka Senior Center, 120 Cotton Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092:
Meadowbrook Park, located off Gunter Avenue, rounds out Wetumpka's park system. Meadowbrook Park provides nearby residents with a softball field and playground. Practice softball fields are also located on Airey, Tallassee, and Opothleohola Streets.
The Wetumpka YMCA, a branch of the Montgomery YMCA, features a full-sized basketball gymnasium adaptable for gymnastics competition. The "Y" conducts a variety of programs throughout the year. Goodtimes & CIT Day Camp offer activities such as arts and crafts, swim lessons, computer classes, movies, and weekly trips.
Adult programs such as fully equipped fitness room, aerobic classes, and a variety of men's and co-ed sports leagues are available.
During the summer months, swimming lessons are offered in a 4-lane, 25-yard pool to individuals ages 6 months through adulthood and the Morning Rec-League provides planned activities for ages 6-12. Ongoing programs include Karate, Tac Kwon Do and Baton lessons for ages 5-adult, and Gymnastics for children as young as 3 years of age. Two classrooms are available for instructional activities. For further details call 567-8282.
For rental information regarding Wetumpka Civic Center, Jeanette Barrett Civic Room or MLK Recreation Center contact the City of Wetumpka at (334) 567-5147.
Wetumpka Sports ComplexWetumpka Sports Complex consist of 5 fields in a hub setting with a central located concession stand and press box. The permanent outfield fences are 8 ft. high. The distance from home plate to the outfield fence is 200 ft. The fields have SafeCo topdressing on the infield and the outfield has bermuda grass. The dugouts are very spacious and a bullpen connects to the dugout on each side of the field. Each field has two sets of bleachers on each side with lawn chair space. The complex consist of plenty of parking spaces,10 batting cages and 3 warm-up areas located between fields. There is also ample space between fields so very seldom is anyone struck by a foul ball. There are very few complexes as nice as the Wetumpka Sports Complex.
Links of Interest:
2350 Coosa River Parkway
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Directions From Montgomery:
Travel north on Highway 231. When you reach Highway 231 and Highway 14 intersection, turn left onto Coosa River Parkway. Just after you pass over the Coosa River Bridge, turn left into the complex.
Directions From Birmingham:
Travel south on I-65. Take the Highway 14 exit (Exit #181). Turn left onto Highway 14 east. In Elmore, Highway 14 turns right at traffic light. When you arrive into Wetumpka, turn left at flashing yellow light onto Coosa River Parkway. Travel approximately 2 miles through two traffic lights and the complex will be on the right.