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Roland Cooper State Park
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285 Deer Run Dr
Camden, Alabama   36726-3825
(lat:32.0553 lon:-87.2456) map location

Phone: (334) 682-4838
Toll Free: 800-252-7275
Reservations: 334-682-4838
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Rolling along the 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir, this 236-acre park features a nine-hole golf course with clubhouse, spacious vacation cottages, modern campground with bathhouse and laundry, and a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and comfort station. With fishing so popular in the reservoir, the park also provides boat launching facilities.
History of the Area
Established in 1973, the park is located near Camden, Alabama. It covers over 236 acres of land along Dannelly Reservoir.

The area was named after Roland Cooper, a prominent local citizen who contributed significantly to its development.

It offers various recreational activities including camping and fishing due to its location on the reservoir's shores.

In October 2015 it closed temporarily because of budget cuts but reopened under private management in March 2016.

Roland Cooper State Park has 6 two-bedroom cabins (one cabin is Handicap Accessible) that are completely furnished, including stove, refrigerator, dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, washcloths, linens, central heat/air, TV and barbecue grills. Rollaway beds are also available for rental. No pets and No Smoking are allowed in the cabins. 72 hours notice required on cancellations for cabins.

Two-night minimum rental on cabins, weekends only.

Three-night minimum rental on cabins on the following holiday weekends

Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

All prices are subject to change without notice; and 4% lodging tax applies.

Deposits: One night?s advance deposit per accommodation is required.

No Pets allowed in cabin.

No Smoking allowed in cabin

Check-in Time: 4 p.m.

Check-out Time: 11 a.m.
Paved campsites have picnic tables, grills, water, 30 amp electrical and sewer hook ups. Dumping stations and trash containers are easily accessible, and bathrooms, showers and laundromat are nearby. There are forty-seven improved and 13 primitive sites. Maximum of one camper per site (there will be an additional charge for over 4 persons if they are 6 years of age or older), maximum occupancy per site is limited to eight persons and two motor vehicles.
Golf Course
Roland Cooper State Park has a beautiful nine hole golf course, 3300 yards, par 36, with all the challenges and hazards of a championship course. Includes driving range.

Flat bottom aluminum Jon boats are available for rent without motors.

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.

No swimming from boats.
Set in the midst of a majestic pine forest along the 22,000-acre William Dannelly Reservoir (better known locally as "Millers Ferry"), Roland Cooper State Park offers excellent fishing.

Millers Ferry Reservoir is a regionally important reservoir in southwest Alabama that provides quality fishing opportunities. Both largemouth bass and crappie fishing are considered excellent in this reservoir. This reservoir consistently produces bass of three pounds or larger. Results from statewide bass club tournament data in 2000 indicated that Millers Ferry was third best in the percent of anglers who weighed in a bass and ranked tenth best in overall bass fishing quality. This is due in part to high fertility and a relatively stable threadfin shad population.

Crappie fishing is best in the late winter and early spring. At this time of year crappie are concentrated around cover in creeks such as: Fosters, Pine Barren, Chilatchee, and Bogue Chitto.

Channel catfish and blue catfish are frequent targets of local anglers, and blue catfish over thirty pounds are not uncommon. Late winter is an excellent time to catch large blues in the tailwaters below the Millers Ferry dam. The tailwater also produces good fishing, in the spring for hybrid striped bass, striped bass, and bream.

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Roland Cooper State Park offers great outdoor fun for families, clubs, church and social groups. Picnic areas are located in beautiful woodlands overlooking the lake.

Pavilion with tables and fireplaces.

Picnic area has concrete picnic tables and grills at every site.

Lighted Playground
1. The Nature Trail: A 2-mile loop trail offering scenic views of the Alabama River, diverse plant life and wildlife sightings.

2. Bartram Canoe Trail: An aquatic path stretching over 200 miles with several sections running through Roland Cooper State Park for canoeing or kayaking enthusiasts.

3. Deer Run Walking Path: This is a short half mile paved walking path suitable for all fitness levels; it's wheelchair accessible too.

4. Dannelly Reservoir Fishing Trails: Not traditional hiking trails but offer opportunities to explore by boat while fishing in various spots around the reservoir within park boundaries.

5. Birdwatcher's Paradise Loop Track : Unmarked track ideal for bird watching, providing chances to spot different species native to this region of Alabama.

6.The Disc Golf Course Walkway - Though primarily designed as an eighteen-hole disc golf course, its walkways also serve hikers well without interfering with players' activities

7.Roland Cooper Bike Route- While not strictly a hiking trail,this route offers cyclists and pedestrians alike beautiful scenery across approximately five miles inside the state park area

8.Camping Ground Paths - These are small paths connecting camping areas that can be used casually by campers looking out on foot exploration during their stay at Roland Cooper State Park

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 15 Needs maintenance by Jimmy
park review stars; one to five This park is in a great location and is set up well. But there has obviously been no maintenance performed around the RV campground in quite some time. Tree limbs, leaves and high grass cover the entire area. I had to go to the office and borrow a rake to clean a path around our camper to be able to walk around safely. There is a great opportunity here for a Boy Scout troop or some other community organization to preform a service project and get the area cleaned up. It would be much more appealing to campers with just a little bit of regular maintenance.
January 23
park review stars; one to five
October 13 Great people and atmosphere
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1. Start on US:80 W/US-84 W from Montgomery, Alabama.
2. Continue onto AL:28 W after 81 miles.
3. Turn right onto Marina Drive in Camden to reach Roland Cooper State Park.
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