The public should avoid unnecessary foot, ATV and other vehicle traffic in dewatered areas during the Lower Coosa River drawdown this fall.
Walking or riding in dewatered areas, which are usually submerged by the river, can damage protected habitat and wildlife.
Drawdowns give residents and contractors better lakebed access for permitted construction projects. The last Coosa River drawdown took place in 2013.
Here is this year’s tentative drawdown schedule:
Lake Elevation Drawdown elevation Lowering dates Start refill Back to normal
Jordan/Bouldin 252 248/249 Sept. 18-20 Oct. 18 Oct. 20
Mitchell 312 308/309 Oct. 2-4 Oct. 16 Oct. 18
Lay 396 393/394 Oct. 16-18 Oct. 30 Nov. 1
Neely Henry 507.5 503/504 Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Nov. 12 Nov. 15
Because weather conditions can affect the drawdown schedule, residents and contractors are encouraged to visit Alabama Power’s automated Reservoir Information System at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711) or https://apcshorelines.com/ for updates.
Residents and contractors considering any construction projects within Alabama Power’s reservoir boundaries should consult with the company about obtaining the proper permits before beginning work. Permitting guidelines and contact information for permits can be found on the Shoreline Management page at www.alabamapower.com.
Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.
Alabama Power has 14 hydroelectric facilities on the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Black Warrior rivers, producing low-cost, clean energy for customers. To learn more, please visit www.alabamapower.com.