Dive in to the Coosa’s 6 beautiful lakes

There are six major lakes on the Coosa River, each very popular and beloved. From upstream to downstream those lakes are Weiss, Neely Henry, Logan Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan. Each lake has its own unique character, but they are all connected; Weiss Lake flows into Lake Neely Henry and so on. The main channel of the Coosa River is extensively dammed for hydropower which means the river is more like a series of lakes, each feeding the next. That connection between the lakes via the flow of water, nutrients, and pollution is what binds them all together and requires we take a broad view of water quality protection and restoration.

You can learn more about each individual lake by clicking the links below. Beneath those links, you’ll see any recent blog posts we’ve made about our lakes.

Neely Henry

Photo courtesy of Karli Riley

Logan Martin

Photo courtesy of Chrissy Newman

Lay Lake 

Photo courtesy of Michael Thomas

Lake Mitchell

Photo courtesy of Frank Chitwood

Lake Jordan

Photo courtesy of Justin Jones

Save the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on a risky, unprecedented proposal dismantling the Clean Water Act, America’s bedrock environmental protection that protects your rivers, lakes, creeks, and skinny waters! Read up on our previous blog post about the “Waters of the U.S. Rule.” When you hear that…

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2018: a year at a glance

Learn why 2018 has been a great year by reading the blog post below and be sure to check out our infographic that shows all of this year’s successes! Hundreds of thousands of folks use the Coosa each year to cool off during the summer, to provide supper, to create…

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Coosa Hydro License Thrown Out in Court

Big Win for the Coosa & its Critters! Last Friday a federal court tossed the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to grant the Alabama Power Co. a 30-year license to operate the hydropower dams on the Coosa River. The case was filed by American Rivers and Alabama…

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How to celebrate the 4th on the Coosa

Whether your family spends every independence day at the river OR y’all are searching for new traditions– everyone can agree there is no better place to view a firework show than at the river. Thanks to Home & Boat Owner Associations and local citizens, there are a number of different…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, A Coosa Homecoming to Lake Mitchell

A Coosa Homecoming by Kristin Trowbridge-Alford It’s been nearly a year since my husband and I temporarily moved our family to Lake Mitchell, taking a reprieve from city life and giving our children an experience we pray they’ll never forget.  We had conjured a plan to sell our home in…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, Big Canoe Creek

With the watershed spanning over 5,000 square miles and 220 miles of river, getting to know the Coosa and her creeks is a lengthy project. “Getting to Know the Coosa” is a series of blog posts that will be highlighting special areas on the Coosa River. These posts are written by…

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How to Use Temp Track to Catch Bass

Chuck Graham just won $10,000 at the Alabama Bass Trail Lay Lake stop. Chuck helped us develop the Temp Track program, where dozens of volunteer monitors report water temperatures during the peak fishing season. He uses Temp Track himself to stay in tune with the spring rise in water temperatures…

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Check Fish Guide for New Advisories

Last month, the Alabama Department of Public Health released the annual fish consumption advisories list. Our Fish Guide program takes that complicated list and distills it into easy to use maps and infographics that will get you up to speed and out fishing faster. We recently completed updating our interactive…

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Top 5 Swimmin’ Holes for Memorial Day Weekend

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and we’ve picked five swimmin’ holes that are already warm enough to take a dip without getting the shivers. Better yet, all these spots are on our Swim Guide, meaning you can check to make sure the water is clean before you hop in. Head over…

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Cast An Impact: Lay Lake Clean-Up

Join Coosa Riverkeeper & UAB School of Public Health for a day of service on Saturday, November 14th at Beeswax Creek Park on Lay Lake! Sign up for the Clean Up HERE. Learn more about the event HERE.

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