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Lake Tuscaloosa

Lake Tuscaloosa is a reservoir located just a short drive north of Tuscaloosa and Northport near the Black Warrior River impoundment of William Bacon Oliver Lake. The City of Tuscaloosa impounded the North River -- a Black Warrior River tributary -- to create a water supply; therefore, initial concentration wasn't on creating a fish habitat. The water is very clear, offering clarity up to ten feet and up to 20 feet near the dam.


Although the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division stocked Lake Tuscaloosa in the 1970s, they stopped when they determined that production was limited. Still, anglers can find spotted and largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, various catfish species, drum, buffalo, and carp.

Anglers enjoy the tailwater area, and can take advantage of public boat ramps located on the lake as well as lake access provided by several marinas.


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    Lake Tuscaloosa Alabama Coordinates:
33.2651N -87.5067W
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Surface Area:
5,885 acres
Maximum Depth:
80 ft
223 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
10+ ft
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Boaters can find six public access boat launches at Lake Tuscaloosa. Those launches are located at Rock Quarry Park, Sharpes Landing Access, Tierce Patton Marina, Smith Dry Dock and Marina, Binion Creek Access, and Bob's Campground and Marina. Smith's Marina is the only full-service marina on the lake.


Lake Lurleen State Park is located just eleven miles west of Lake Tuscaloosa, offering a campground, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers boat rentals and a boat ramp. This 1,625-acre park is situated on a 250-acre lake retreat. Other parks and private concerns offer camping facilities near Lake Tuscaloosa as well. With a location that is so close to Northport and Tuscaloosa, visitors can find a wide range of accommodations just minutes south of the lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Tuscaloosa is located in Tuscaloosa county, Alabama, about ten miles from the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa and just eight miles from Northport. The closest airport for commercial airlines is in Birmingham, as the Tuscaloosa airport currently accepts jet charters only.

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