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Little Bear Creek Reservoir

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impounded Little Bear Creek Reservoir in 1976 along Bear Creek. It is one of four TVA reservoirs managed by the Bear Creek Development Authority (BCDA).


Little Bear Creek Reservoir is best known for its largemouth and spotted bass fishing, and the crappie, catfish and bream are in plentiful supply as well. This reservoir was stocked with 7,500 Florida gene largemouth bass in 1981, and over 15,000 channel catfish were stocked in 2000 and 2004. The populations are growing as expected. All anglers must carry a Bear Creek Development Authority permit as well as a state license.


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    Little Bear Creek Reservoir Alabama Coordinates:
32.9636N -86.5172W
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Surface Area:
12,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
88 ft
396 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Boaters can find three public access areas, including McAffee Landing, Elliot Branch, and Williams Hollow. Campgrounds are located at the latter two access sites.


Camping provides one of the major activities along this lake outside of fishing. There is very little development around this reservoir, which provides for a relaxing camping experience. William B. Bankhead National Forest is located to the east, and this natural area offers camping opportunities that range from primitive camping throughout the forest to full hook-up RV camp sites (on Lewis Smith Lake near Double Springs).

Russellville, located about thirteen miles to the northeast of this reservoir, offers approximately eight hotels.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Located entirely within Franklin County, Alabama, Little Bear Creek Reservoir is near Russellville, Pleasant Grove, Rock Creek, and Piney Bend. The closest major city with an airport is at Huntsville at about 65 miles from the reservoir. Muscle Shoals also has an airport, and that town is located a little over 30 miles north from Little Bear Creek Reservoir.

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