The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Alabama Power to build a generating plant at Bankhead Lock and Dam nearly 40 years ago. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns the dam, while Alabama Power owns and maintains the generating plant. Bankhead generating plant is a part of the Black Warrior River Project which includes the Lewis Smith development. The powerhouse and dam were named for Senator Hollis Bankhead, a proponent of hydroelectricity.

The story of Bankhead Lock and Dam began as a story of transportation and navigation. It continues today as a story of flood control, recreation and economic opportunity, irrigation and drinking water, and fish and wildlife habitats. Transportation was just the beginning.

Bankhead Reservoir Facts:
Elevation above sea level: 255 feet
Area: 9,200 acres