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Bear Creek Lakes

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall
Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

Located in northwestern Alabama near Russellville, Alabama, the Bear Creek Lakes system is comprised of four lakes -- Bear Creek Reservoir, Little Bear, Upper Bear and Cedar Creek. The 8,000 acres of crisp, clean waters feature an abundant supply of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, as well as crappie and catfish. Anglers to these waters routinely find fish weighing in the 10-12 pound range.

The Bear Creek Lakes are rated among some of the cleanest recreational waters in the South, and along with trophy fishing, the four lakes and their surrounding woodlands offer boating, sand beaches, group pavilions, designated swimming areas, hunting, developed camping, picnicking and hiking. A 30-mile canoe float stream is located between Upper Bear and Big Bear Reservoirs. Several public launch facilities are easily accessible to drop in your boat, canoe, kayak or jet ski and take off for a day of beautiful scenery and fun on the water.


Seasons Accessible

Available year-round.



Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a user's permit to take advantage of the lakes and related facilities.

The annual permit is $25-$30 and offers unlimited use of all Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Hunting, Picnic Tables and Boating areas.

$10 for a three consecutive day permit pass and a daily permit is available for $4-$6

Click below for more information on purchasing a permit:

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