Due to Alabama's COVID-19 state of emergency, all Alabama Power lake offices and recreation sites are temporarily closed. Our focus is and will always be safety first and to maintain the well-being and health of our customers, employees and communities. Go here to learn more, including how you can still request permits.

Shoreline Management

As part of operating 14 dams along the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Black Warrior rivers, Alabama Power manages more than 3,500 miles of shoreline and nearly 120,000 acres of land. Our team of shoreline managers works closely with communities surrounding the reservoirs to protect and enhance the scenic, recreational and environmental resources these lakes offer. Alabama Power works to meet the needs of individual, industrial and organizational stakeholders by permitting shoreline structures and promoting best shoreline management practices.

Managing Aquatic Plants

Alabama Power Company recognizes the important role that aquatic plants have on our reservoirs. Native aquatic plants provide beneficial habitat for all types of aquatic organisms, as well as promoting shoreline stabilization. We understand that aquatic plants can affect your lake experience, and we manage aquatic vegetation to best suit the many uses of our company reservoirs.

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Shoreline managers help maintain Alabama Power’s ability to manage flood conditions on each river system by enforcing easement and construction standards specific to each lake. In addition, Alabama Power reservoirs are licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and have specific operating requirements. For these reasons, it’s important you call before you improve or build on land around an Alabama Power reservoir. Review this guide to learn more.

Request for Lakeshore Use Permit

White-Beaded Foam Removal

Un-ecapsulated white beaded foam is not permitted on Alabama Power lakes. Un-encapsulated white beaded foam flotation disposal is available free of charge during Renew Our Rivers events. Please drop off your unwanted white beaded foam flotation at the Renew Our Rivers meeting location during the cleanup.
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Lake Safety Resource Guide

Safety on our lakes is a top priority for Alabama Power. To help you and your loved ones remain safe on the lake, Alabama Power Shoreline Management and trusted experts have collaborated on key safety topics.
Click here to access the Lake Safety Resource Guide. 

Shoreline Management Practices

As part of our efforts in preserving and protecting our valuable shoreline resources, we put together an educational guide for lake residents and stakeholders, highlighting a basic understanding of our reservoirs, recreational facilities, permitting procedures and best management practices.
Download Shoreline Management Guide for homeowners.

Wildlife Protection

We’re working to preserve Smith Lake’s flattened musk turtle. See how