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William Bacon Oliver Lake

William Bacon Oliver Lake, known simply as Oliver Lake or Lake Oliver, is a 1,000-acre reservoir created by impounding the Black Warrior River with the William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam. It is the smallest in the series of reservoirs along the Black Warrior River, fed by Holt Lake upstream. Recreation uses include boating, fishing, and picnicking. A convenient location between Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama, makes this lake popular with residents.


Fish in this lake include bass, bluegill, and crappie. One lake record includes an eleven-pound, ten-ounce largemouth bass. The lake maintains an angler recognition program for sport fish.


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    William Bacon Oliver Lake Alabama Coordinates:
33.2118N -87.5864W
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Surface Area:
1,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
25+ ft
149 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' facilities on this lake are limited to a boat ramp in Northport and a fishing pier in Tuscaloosa. Both facilities are located just below the dam. Any other recreational-use facilities are located within Tuscaloosa and managed by the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority.


This reservoir is located immediately in Tuscaloosa and Northport, which provides visitors with many options for lodging, including camping. The closest state park to this lake is Lake Lurleen State Park, located nine miles northwest from Tuscaloosa. Lake Lurleen is a 250-acre lake that provides a campground, banquet room, picnic and play areas, a beach with a bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and launch areas.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Northport and Tuscaloosa are connected by the Hugh R. Thomas Bridge along U.S. 43 and Alabama State Route 69. Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, and it maintains an airport.

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