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Lake Lurleen State Park
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Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
Lake Lurleen State Park © Debbie Greene
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13226 Lake Lurleen Rd
Coker, Alabama   35452-4111
(lat:33.3019 lon:-87.6747) map location

Phone: (205) 339-1558
Toll Free: 800-252-7275
Reservations: 205-339-1558
Email: park email button icon
Lake Lurleen State Park is named after Alabama?s only female governor. Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George C. Wallace, was native of Tuscaloosa County. As governor she was instrumental in funding a major renovation project of Alabama State Parks.

Lake Lurleen State Park is located 9 miles Northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama and is 14 miles from the campus of the University of Alabama, Home of the ?Crimson Tide?

1,625-acre park is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. The park facilities include a modern campground, camp store, activity building, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas.

For those who like to explore and take in the local sights and culture, the cities of Northport and Tuscaloosa both offer unique experiences. No trip would be complete without a visit to the University of Alabama campus and the Paul ?Bear? Bryant Museum and Alabama?s Museum of Natural History. There is also the renown Kentuck Art Festival held in Northport, which attracts many artists and craftsmen from the Southeast.

Lake Lurleen State Park host two major events each year. The Annual Youth Fishing Tourmenamt and the Lake Lurleen Triathlon are normally held the second Saturday in June. Please call the Park for more information at 205-339-1558 or email [email protected] .
Meeting Rooms
Lake Lurleen has one activity room for rent. This room has three (3) eight ft. (8 ft.) tables, and eight (8) six ft. (6ft.) folding tables, and 50 chairs. Park personnel are not responsible for putting up tables and chairs. The renter must do this and also take tables down and stack chairs before leaving. There are several fabric couches, chairs and benches, available upon request only. There are park benches and some tables with seating outside on the porch surrounding the activity room. No grilling is allowed in or around this building. Therefore, all foods must be precooked before bringing into the room. The room is heated and air conditioned with electrical outlets located around the room. You can use have crock pots, electric skillets, etc. for keeping food items warm. The only source of water is a water cooler. However, the restrooms are adjoining, so water is available. Also an outside water spigot is located at the back of the building. Garbage cans are provided with extra liners. Renter is responsible for replacing tables and chairs as outlined above, bagging all garbage, and leaving the room in the same condition as it was. The time period for use is 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The cost to reserve the Activity Room is $75.00 per day paid in advance. This price does not include the per person day use fee. After booking the room, the renter has one (1) week to make payment, either by mail, credit card or coming to the park.

Amplified musical equipment is not allowed unless approved by the park management. Caters are allowed on the park, to include "Moon Walks" and similar items.
Ninety-one modern campsites overlook the scenic 250-acre lake. All sites have water and electric hook-ups, and thirty-five sites have sewage drain connections. A sewage dumping station, and modern bathhouse facilities are available for the camper's convenience. Swimming, fishing (Alabama Fishing License required), and boat launch (Boater's License required, if applicable) are included in the camping fee. Pets are welcome at the park and in the campground area; but they must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed in the swimming area, the beach, beach parking lot, or adjoining areas. Signs are posted to indicate pet area limits.

Reservations may be made by telephone (205-339-1558) to Lake Lurleen State Park, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., or through the Central Reservation Center (1-800-ALA-PARK), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. A deposit equal to one night basic campsite rental rate is required to reserve a campsite. To insure that you have a campsite, reservations are recommended for weekends, holidays, and during the college football season.

Specific campsites or specific types of campsites are not reserved. A reservation only guarantees a campsite in the campground. Upon arrival, if the specific type of site wanted is available, you may upgrade at that time. The park management reservers the right to assign campsites during busy times. This ensures that all campers are provided with a site that will accommodate their camper specs. All campers must occupy their campsite with appropriate camping equipment immediately after registration.

Reservations for holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day) require a three night minimum stay (required days set by park management). Reservations made for college football weekends require a two night mimimum stay (Friday and Saturday nights), no discounts during holidays or college football weekends. Reservations during these periods are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

RV Storage

Thirty-seven (37) recreational vehicle storage sites are available at Lake Lurleen. Call for availability.
Come to Lake Lurleen and enjoy fun in the sun on the sandy beach. Swimming is allowed in the roped off area only. Please stay within the roped off area. This restriction is for your safety. Lifeguards are not available so swim at your own risk. Swimming from other lakeside areas, bridges, and boats is prohibited.

A small beach side pavilion is available on a first come first serve basis and is not reservable. Cooking is not allowed on the beach, beach pavilion, parking lot or surrounding areas. Picnic tables and grills for cooking are provided in picnic areas.

The use of metal detectors on the beach or any area of the park is prohibited without prior approval from the park manager.
Lake Lurleen is a man-made 250 acres lake. It assumes an elongated shape with four major branches and three minor ones. The lake measures nearly one and one-half miles in length and up to one-half mile wide. The deepest portion of the lake is 48 feet. The lake is stocked with large mouth bass, bream, catfish, and crappie. The park operates a bait and tackle shop, three fishing piers, fishing boat rentals and tow boat launching ramps to meet your every fishing need. Gasoline motors of any size may be operated on the lake. No water or jet skiing allowed. All State and Federal boating laws are enforced. All children age 8 and under are required to wear approved personal flotation devices at all times while in a boat.

Paddle Boat Rentals

$7.00 an hour + $5.00 deposit

(maximum of 4 persons/boat)

Canoe Rentals

$7.00 an hour + $5.00 deposit

$15.00 per day + $15.00 deposit

(maximum of 3 persons/boat)

Fishing Boat

10.00 per day + $10.00 deposit

$15.00 per 24 hours + $15.00 deposit (registered campers only)

(maximum of 3 persons/boat)

Must be 16 years or older to rent a boat.

Each person in boat must have a Coast Guard Approved ?Life Jacket?.

Children under the age of 8 must wear ?life jacket? at all times

Boats not allowed in swimming area

No swimming from boats
The park's centerpiece is 250-acre Lake Lurleen. Boat and canoe rentals are available.There is a roped-off swimming area. Swimming is restricted to the marked beach area. Swimming from boats is prohibited. Water skiing and personal water craft are prohibited.

Anglers fish for bass, crappie, bream and catfish. An Alabama State Fishing License is required and available for purchase at the Park Entrance Station. The only approved method for taking fish in Lake Lurleen is rod and reel,or pole and line. The use of other methods of fishing such as trot lines, set hooks, gigs, nets, seines, spear guns, bow and arrow, etc. is prohibited.

Bank fishing after 9 p.m. allowed on the south side of the lake from Pavilion No. 1 fence eastward to the electronic security gate only. Fishing boats may launch from the south boat ramp.

All boats must follow all federal boating laws including requirements for proper boat lights, life vests, etc.

Daily Creel Limits Per Person

Bass 10 - Catfish 10 - Bream 20 - Crappie 20

Lake Lurleen State Park is located near Cottondale, Northport and Tuscaloosa

Picnic areas are available at Lake Lurleen State Park. Tables and pedestal charcoal grills are on site, or bring your own grill.

Four pavilions are available for rent in the park.

Lake Lurleen has four (4) Picnic Pavilions for rent. These shelters have eight (8) tables each and will accommodate approximately 80 people sitting at one time. There is a large charcoal grill at each pavilion. Each pavilion has a power outlet and lights. The power outlet is only 20 amps and not designed to run large electric fans, several electric skillets, coffee pots, etc. at one time. Pavilion #1 is designated as Handicapped Accessible. The time period for use is 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Amplified musical equipment is not allowed unless approved by the park management. Caterers are allowed on the park, to include "Moon Walks" and similar items.
Lake Lurleen State Park has 15+ miles of trails. The new Multi-Use Trail System has been completed and is now open to both hikers and mountain bikers. Please use the above link to view a trail map and description of various trails.

Motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited on Lake Lurleen's trails.

No overnight camping is allowed on the trails.All trails open at 7 a.m. and close at SUNSET.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 11 Great place with beautiful view.
park review stars; one to five We camped here one night while traveling through, it is beautiful. There is a spacious beach and swimming area. Our campsite sat overlooking the lake, nice paved roads and we had full hookup.
March 29 Excellent Place by forlifecouple
park review stars; one to five Words cant describe the peace and tranquility that we received by the sheer nature surrounding this place. My wife and I took a tent and didnt even hook to power though available. We just enjoyed good people, good weather and the most beautiful camping spot in America. We are replanning a trip back soon and several this summer. UTOPIA!
June 3 'fun memories'; by Mr. davis
park review stars; one to five As a little kid while attending school. I had a great time at the lake with classmate and friends. well! time as past. Now my wife and I take the kids to Lake Lurleen State Park. While visiting, we have a great time. I guess things never change.
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From I-20/59, take Exit 71B (I-359 Exchange)

Continue on I-359 for approximately 5 miles to the intersection of US Highway 82

Turn left (West) on US Highway 82

Continue on US Highway 82 West for approximately 5 miles to Tuscaloosa County

Road 21 (Upper Columbus Road)

Turn right on County Road 21 (Lake Lurleen State Park Sign)

Continue on County Road 21 for approximately 2.3 miles to another Lake Lurleen

State Park Sign (Lake Lurleen Road ? No Street Sign)

Turn right at Park Sign

Travel approximately 2.2 miles to the park entrance

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