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The Alabama Bass Trail Launches!
The Alabama State Parks Host the Birth of the Bass Trail!
Local and State Officials gathered today along the banks of Guntersville Lake at beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park to announce the birth of the Alabama Bass Trail. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley lead an all-star cast of officials that included Don Logan, owner of B.A.S.S, Kay Donaldson, Program Director, Chris Lane, Current Bass Masters Classic Champion, DCNR Commissioner Gunter Guy, Dana Lee Jennings, Director of the Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, and a host of other state and local officials including Jeff Cook, of the group Alabama.
They all come together to announce the launch of the Alabama Bass Trail. The Trail features 11 of Alabama's premier bass fishing lakes that include; Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lay Lake, the Alabama River, Lake Eufaula and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. The purpose of the trail is to lure tourist to Alabama by teaching and promoting an appreciation for the sport of fishing.
The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and their Director, Ms. Dana Lee Jennings. Ms. Jennings and her entire staff assisted in hosting the announcement event which began in the pavilion on the banks of Guntersville Lake and concluded with a luncheon in the Grandview Ballroom at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. The project also is being heavily supported by Lee Sentell, Director of the Alabama Department of Tourism and Travel. Governor Bentley praised the trail concept and predicted it would become a great tourist attraction by encouraging people to come to Alabama and "fish where the pros fish."
The Alabama State Parks figure to be a big factor with the Alabama Bass Trail in that five of the lakes and rivers listed have state parks on them. With the wide range of lodging and camping offered by the state parks, the paths of the two organizations should create a good partnership that ultimately provides good benefits for the State of Alabama.
The second stop on the Alabama Bass Trail is Wheeler Lake. Joe Wheeler State Park is located 1 mile west of Rogersville, AL on U.S. Hwy. 72. This resort park, containing 2,550 acres, is divided by the Tennessee River, which forms the 69,700 acre Wheeler Lake in Northwest Alabama. The lodge offers 75 spacious guest rooms with rocking chairs on the balconies overlooking weddings, reunions, association or corporate meetings. Adjacent to the lodge is a full service marina with 64 transient slips and 184 permanent slips. The marina also has a fuel island and boat rentals. Within walking distance of the lodge is a 18-hole championship golf course. Facing the main river are 10 new, two and three bedroom cottages. Other facilities include a modern 116 site campground with 110 full hook-ups, picnic area with pavilion rentals, and a sanded beach area. Miles of hiking trails meander through the park. Located on the south bank of the Tennessee River near Wheeler Dam are 27 rental cabins. These brick cabins have fireplaces and are located on a bluff with a view of the river. Smaller wood cabins are scattered among the water oak and pine forest. All cabins have full kitchens and cable TV. Pet-friendly cabins are available. For lodging reservations at any of these five parks visit www.alapark.com or call 1-800-alapark.