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Claiborne Lake

Claiborne Lake in Monroe County, Alabama, is a primitive Alabama River reservoir. It stretches over 60 miles from the Claiborne Lock and Dam near Monroeville to the Millers Ferry Lock and Dam that impounds the William "Bill" Dannelly Reservoir upstream. Known as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, "Alabama River Lakes," Claiborne Lake is last impoundment downstream on the Alabama River. Beyond the Claiborne Dam, the Alabama River flows to join the Tombigbee River at the Mobile River.

Public use along these lakes includes tennis courts, playing fields, fishing piers, boating, water skiing, hiking, picnic shelters, and camping.


Anglers at this lake look for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Tailwaters at the Millers Ferry Reservoir provide great grounds for striped and spotted bass, crappie, and larger catfish.


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    Claiborne Lake Alabama Coordinates:
31.6148N -87.5518W
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Surface Area:
5,930 acres
Maximum Depth:
25 ft
425 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Approximately ten public boat ramp access points are available on Claiborne Lake. Claiborne Landing is a boat ramp located south of the dam and north and east of the U.S. Highway 84 bridge.


Bladon Springs State Park is the closest state park to Claiborne Lake, located about 1.5 hours northwest from the lake. Other camping is available on the lake at the Isaac Creek Campground, and primitive camping is available at the Bells Landing, Silver Creek, and Haines Island access points.

Visitors who seek other types of lodging can find hotels in Monroeville, Grove Hill, and at Evergreen along I-65.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Claiborne Lake is located in Monroe County, Alabama. Monroeville is located just twenty miles from the dam site. Monroeville is home to many authors, including Truman Capote and the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Nelle Harper Lee. Claiborne Lake also is located about 110 miles from both Montgomery and Mobile, and both cities have airports.

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