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Lake Lurleen Hosts Triathlon
A triathlon held in memory of the late Alec Wheeler, a dedicated trail-building volunteer at Lake Lurleen State Park, will be held at the park on August 25, 2012. Alec’s hard work and dedication were driving forces that made the current trail system at the park possible.
 
This event consists of a 1/2-mile swim, 13.1-mile mountain bike trail ride, and a 3.1-mile trail run.
 
There will be no race-day registration. Register online at www.about-time-events.com, or Contact Mike Higgins at higrun50@yahoo.com. Contact information can also be found at Velocity Bike Shop, 2318 4th St., Tuscaloosa, Ala. The park will open to participants at 6 a.m. with the race beginning at 7 a.m.
 
In addition to the event registration fee, a park entrance fee of $3 will be required. Pre-paid entrance tickets may be purchased ahead of time at Velocity Bike Shop. This will facilitate quicker entrance to the park.

Gator Hunters Invited to Roland Cooper
If you were selected to hunt the West Central Alabama Gator Hunt, consider camping at Roland Cooper State Park during your hunt. Hunting dates this year are Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 23-25. The park will be the weigh-in site for hunters from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the listed dates.
 
During the month of August, campsites at Roland Cooper are just $20 per night (tax included).
 
Last year’s record size gator (14 feet, 2 inches, 838 pounds) was taken by Keith Fancher, who camped at the park during the hunt. If you didn’t get drawn for a gator tag, we’d still love to have you stay at Roland Cooper! Call 334-682-4838 for reservations.

Mountain Bikers Expand Chewacla Trail System
A non-profit group of mountain bikers, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), are busy expanding and renovating the trails at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. Since 2011, CAMP has built 15 miles of new trails in the park. The group also plans to renovate and improve other Chewacla facilities.
 
The trails are a mix of new sections and expansions of existing trails including some original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trails. According to CAMP president Mack Story, the new trails were developed with notable historic points of interest and natural beauty in mind.
 
“A primary goal of CAMP is to help bring the park back to life as a thriving facility that offers many different opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors,” Story said. More

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
8/18/2012
Make Ice Cream at Cheaha State Park
Meet at 6 p.m. at the pool to make ice cream in a bag. Cost is $1 per person.
 
8/26/2012, 9/15 to 9/16/2012
For information on tournament contacts, times, etc., contact the Lakepoint Marina at (334) 687-6026. For overnight reservations, contact the park office (800) 544-5253.
 
8/25/2012 and 9/8/2012
Puppet Show at Cheaha State Park
Meet Ranger Al A. Parks and some of the animals that live in the forest at Cheaha State Park. Gather at the Tower at 6 p.m.; free.
 
8/18/2012, 8/25/2012, 9/1/2012, 9/8/2012 and 9/15/2012
Call Patti Donnellan (256) 571-5440 or email patti.donnellan@dcnr.alabama.gov for more information on locations and times for trail hikes at the park; free.
 
8/18/2012, 8/24/2012, 8/25/2012 and 9/1/2012
Held at the campfire ring in the improved campground; in case of inclement weather, meet in the Nature Center. Free, great for all ages! Call (256) 997-5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details--times vary. Join the staff at DeSoto to learn more about natural objects, creatures, observe nature and various plants and animals of the great outdoors!
 
8/18/2012, 9/1/2012, 9/2/2012, 9/3/2012 and 9/22/2012
Topics vary from crafts to nature walks. For more information on each event, times, locations, etc. call 205-620-2520 or email OakMountain.Naturalist@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
9/8/2012
Tournament starts at safe light, and weigh-in will be around 3 p.m. For more information call 256-329-0845 or 256-657-3022.
 
For a complete list of Alabama State Parks’ events visit the Events Calendar.

Welcome, Sandra!
Lake Guntersville State Park welcomes Sandra Tesney as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Alabama and  has worked at various properties throughout the Southeast, but most notably held the position of Director of Sales at both the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and The Hotel Capstone at The University of Alabama. 
Sandra can be reached by email or 256-571-5440. Contact her to book your next meeting or event at the park.

Cheaha Chili Cook-off
Do you get complements on your chili recipe? Enter the annual Cheaha State Park Chili Cook-off and you could win a two-night stay at Bald Rock Lodge. This year’s cook-off will be held September 29, 2012. You must pre-register. Entry form and details are available on Cheaha's website.

Play the Parks Path
Six golf courses across the state make up the Parks Path. If you’re looking for economical golf in beautiful settings, the Parks Path is for you. For locations and prices click here

Park Pavilion Beach
Receives 5 Stars
The Natural Resources Defense Council has released its list of top 12 five-star beaches and the Alabama Gulf Coast has landed two locations on the list. The Gulf State Park Pavilion Beach and the Gulf Shores Public Beaches are among the nation’s cleanest when it comes to water quality, according to the report. 
 
The pavilion beach is located at Gulf State Park. If you’ve never visited, consider planning a trip today. In addition to the beach, the park offers camping, hiking, fishing, a nature center and more. Visit the park's website or details.

Give Us Your
Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit. Online surveys are available for day-use visits, dining and overnight stays.
 
Whether you camped or stayed in one of the cabins or hotels, please tell us about your stay. Click here to fill out a survey.
Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
 
August 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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