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 eleventh stop on the Alabama Bass Trail is the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Meaher State Park is located on Highway 90 or 98, two miles west of Spanish Fort in southwest Alabama. This 1,327 acre park is situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay and is a day-use picnicking and scenic park, with modern camping for overnight visitors. A boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. A self-guided walk on the nature trail includes a boardwalk that gives your a nice view of the Mobile Delta. A new bath-house with a laundry room has recently been added to the park , as well as new restrooms in the day use area. For lodging reservations at any of these five parks visit www.alapark.com or call 1-800-alapark.