Lake Wedowee Info

Harris Dam and the R. L. Harris Reservoir, better known as "Lake Wedowee," is the newest of the fourteen Alabama Power Company hydroelectric developments.  Built at one of the last major hydro sites in Alabama, the site was named in honor of Rother L. "Judge" Harris, an Alabama Power director and vice president of electric operations who retired from the company in 1968 after 45 years of service.

Construction started on the site November 1st, 1974, and the hydro plant went into operation on April 20th, 1983.  The two generating units provide up to 67.5 megawatts of power each.

The 10,660 acre lake with approximately 270 miles of shoreline is located in east-northeast Alabama on the upper Tallapoosa River in Randolph and Clay Counties, near the great southern Town of Wedowee.

Recreational attractions include boating, skiing,  swimming and camping with public boat launches easily accessible.  Campsites for RV's, trailers and tent campers are also available, with more "popping up" every year, as the word of this piece of paradise continues to spread.  Local information is available on the Lake Wedowee Web.  For specific questions regarding your recreational needs or a possible future visit, drop an email to Mike Browning.

Billy Higgins and 9 1/2 lb Largemouth Bass When it comes to fishin', Lake Wedowee is recognized as one of the finest lakes in the Southeast, both in quality of water and its sizeable bass population.  A local favorite for crappie, largemouth bass, and spotted bass, other species include white bass, striped bass, hybrid striper, channel catfish, and flathead catfish.

With some of the catches in the past few years weighing near the state record, your next trip to Lake Wedowee could possibly put you in the record books for the Alabama record  for largemouth bass.

Beautiful Lake Wedowee

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