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Boating is very popular along the roughly 300 mile long Black Warrior River, which receives drainage from 6,276 square miles of watershed. The Black Warrior River watershed contains 16,145.98 miles of mapped water. While free-flowing tributaries in the watershed are frequented by canoeists and kayakers, motor boats more commonly use Smith Lake on the Sipsey Fork, Bankhead Lake (an impoundment of the Black Warrior by Bankhead Dam which reaches into the lower portions of the Locust and Mulberry Forks), Holt Lake (an impoundment of the Black Warrior by Holt Dam between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa), Lake Tuscaloosa on the North River, Oliver Lake (an impoundment of the Black Warrior by Oliver Dam in Tuscaloosa), Warrior Lake (an impoundment of the Black Warrior by Selden Dam in Eutaw), and Demopolis Lake (an impoundment of the Black Warrior and the Tombigbee by Demopolis Dam in Demopolis).

Black Warrior Riverkeeper encourages citizens to experience the watershed through recreational boating. Here are some online resources to help you enjoy boating in a fun and responsible manner:

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Clean Boating Tips:
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/action/cleanboating.htm

Alabama Clean Waters Initiative (info for boaters and marina owners):
http://www.outdooralabama.com/boating/clean-waters/

Notice pollution while boating? Report it to Black Warrior Riverkeeper:
http://blackwarriorriver.org/report-pollution.html

Click here for more information about other forms of recreation in the Black Warrior River watershed:
http://blackwarriorriver.org/recreation.html

Black Warrior River watershed map
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/maps/BlackWarrior_basemap_small.jpg

Alabama Marine Police
http://www.boat-ed.com/al/handbook/agency.htm

USGS Alabama Realtime Streamflow Data
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/al/nwis/current?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd&search_site_no_station_nm

National Weather Service Southeast River Forecast Center
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/alr/index.shtml

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Links Relevant to Boating

Black Warrior & Tombigbee Lakes Resources
http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/bwt/

BW&T Navigation Unit
http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/op/tu/Tuscaloosa.htm

BW&T Water Management Section
http://water.sam.usace.army.mil/bwtframe.htm

BW&T/ Alabama-Coosa Project Management Office
http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/op/tu/Tuscpage.htm

BW&T Contact Information
http://bwt.sam.usace.army.mil/contact.htm

Mobile District Home Page
http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/

Black Warrior River Lock Phone #s (For navigation or water-level questions)

Bankhead Lock (205) 339-1921
Holt Lock (205) 553-1711
Oliver Lock (205) 758-4860
Selden Lock (205) 372-9868