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Thousands of people depend on the Black Warrior River for recreational opportunities as well as drinking water. People fish, flyfish, swim, boat, kayak, canoe, waterski, wakeboard and take advantage of many other recreational opportunities along the Black Warrior and its tributaries.  

In Alabama, outdoor recreation generates $7.5 Billion in consumer spending, 86,000 direct Alabama jobs, $2.0 Billion in wages and salaries, and $494 Million in state and local tax revenue. Throughout our great nation, outdoor recreation creates 6.1 million American jobs. $646 billion in outdoor recreation spending each year. $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue. $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association's 2012 Report).

Click here to visit Black Warrior Riverkeeper's webpage about fishing in the Black Warrior River watershed.

Boating Magazine called the Black Warrior one of America's best kept secrets for boating. Click here to visit Black Warrior Riverkeeper's webpage about boating in the Black Warrior River watershed.

The Black Warrior's Locust and Mulberry Forks provide excellent whitewater paddling opportunities, including the Alabama Cup Canoe and Kayak Races and the Alabama Mountain Games. Paddling is also popular in some smaller creeks, such as Five Mile Creek in Jefferson County, home of Five Mile Creek Canoe & Company. Visit the Alabama Whitewater website for more paddling information. For a map of put-in locations for paddling throughout Alabama, compiled by the North Jefferson Kayak Club, click here.

In Tuscaloosa, the Black Warrior River has been the site of the Black Warrior Triathlon in recent years, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the U.S. Collegiate Nationals. The Tuscaloosa News estimated that the April 19, 2008 contest would boost the local economy by $12 million, approximately the same amount as an Alabama home football game against Tennessee! The triathlons take place near the famous docks of The Bama Belle.

Many waterside areas are excellent destinations for walking, fishing, observing wildlife, and visiting historic sites, such as Moundville Archaeological Park, Bankhead National Forest, Hurricane Creek Park, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Talladega National Forest: Oakmulgee District and the Horton Mill Covered Bridge, the highest covered bridge above any U.S. waterway.  Additionally, Alabama's Forever Wild Program provides many recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about Forever Wild

Alabama's Department of Tourism promotes some fantastic recreational opportunities:

Outdoor Activities
http://www.alabama.travel/things-to-do/outdoor-activities

Hunting and Fishing
http://www.alabama.travel/things-to-do/hunting-fishing/

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers links relevent to recreation in the Black Warrior River watershed:

Fishing
http://bwt.sam.usace.army.mil/fish.htm
Day Use Parks
http://bwt.sam.usace.army.mil/parks.htm
Camping
http://bwt.sam.usace.army.mil/camp.htm
Hiking Trails
http://bwt.sam.usace.army.mil/hikingtrails.htm

Campgrounds run by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: phone numbers

Burchfield Campground (205) 497-9828
Deerlick Campground (205) 759-1591
Rocky Branch Park (205) 554-1684
Jennings Ferry Campground (205) 372-1217
Forkland Campground (334) 289-5530
Foscue Campground (334) 289-5535
Service Park Campground (251) 754-9338

World Champion Freestyle Kayaker Eric Jackson on the Locust Fork at the '08 North Alabama Whitewater Festival. Photo by Elizabeth Scribner