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The Alabama State Parks would like to invite you to visit them at the upcoming 31st Annual World Deer Expo July 18-20, 2014, at the Convention Complex in Birmingham, and also the Buckmasters Expo August 15-17, 2014, at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Convention Center in Montgomery.  Alabama State Parks will be occupying a booth at both Expo events!

Watersports Cable Park Opens at Oak Mountain
Alabama's only watersports cable park system is located at Oak Mountain State Park and is now open. Whether you're just starting out or a professional wave rider, Flip Side at Oak Mountain has the coaches and the training to takes your skills to the next level. Visit the Flip Side Facebook Page for more information. 

Watch Our New Park Videos 
Click on the Parks below to watch their new video
More 75th Anniversary Promotional Packages/Specials
 
Cheaha State Park
Mountain Fun Package 
Through September 
Package I for Couples Only $110 plus tax: Includes a king room for 2 people, 2 nights with breakfast for 2 people each morning.
Package II for Family up to four $140 plus tax: Includes a double room for 4 people, 2 nights with breakfast for 4 people each morning.
Advance reservations required. Call (256) 488-5111. 
 
Lake Guntersville State Park
“Get to Know Us” Package 
$99 per couple
Includes one night’s stay in a bluff side room and breakfast or dinner for 2 people. Call the park office for more details and reservations: (256) 571-5440.
 
Classical & Antique Boat Show Celebrates
30 Years At Joe Wheeler 
July 18-19
For 29 years the Classical & Antique Boat Show has been held at Joe Wheeler State Park and 2014 will not be any different. These vintage boats will be on display at the park lodge with a special showing of the vintage race boat, "Miss America." For more information and lodging reservations call (256) 247-5461.
 
“Rolling on the River” Handyfest
at Joe Wheeler State Park
July 25
The local entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and the Headliner will be, “Simply the Best” Dorothy Cole (Tina Turner impersonator).Call the park office (256-247-5461 or (800) 544-5639 for your overnight reservations and for more details!
 
BGA Junior Tour Comes to "The Oaks"
Oak Mountain State Park
July 23
The Birmingham Golf Association Junior Tour, a tradition since the 1960s, will tee off at The Oaks. This is a developmental junior golf tour for ages 10-17 and provides great value at great courses with a great tradition. The stop at "The Oaks" is just one of many that lead up to the Junior Championship in August. Most events start at 8 a.m. For more information regarding joining the tour, visit www.bgagolf.org. For overnight park reservations call the park office at (205) 620-2520.
 
Lake Lurleen State Park
Wakeboard Tournaments
August 2-3
Lake Lurleen State Park along with Alabama  INT League Amateur Tour partners in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Alabama State Parks. The Alabama INT Tour will be hosting the 9th and 10th stop of their statewide tour. The event consist of Wakeboard, Wake Surf And Wake Surf tournaments. 
 
Two separate tournaments
Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3
9 a.m. start each day
Must be a member of the INT / WWA to participate
Join by going to www.intleague.com
 
Practice runs will be held Friday, August 1 from 1-5 p.m. 
All skill levels / all ages – beginner through pro level competition
Great fun for the entire family. 
Admission fee:
$3 Adults (12-61)
$1 Children (6-11),  Seniors 62+
 
For details and registration contact Kim Jones, (205) 487-1445 or Mike Townsend, (205) 394-4054,  or contact the Lake Lurleen State park office at (205) 339-1558 for overnight reservations at the park.
 
DeSoto State Park  
World's Longest Yard Sale 
August 7-10 
Running from Gadsden, Ala., to West Unity, Ohio, this yard sale travels more than 650 miles of scenic beauty with a lot of shopping opportunities! A section of this annual event runs atop Lookout Mountain and goes straight through DeSoto State Park. For more info, click here. Call the park office (256) 845-5380 for your overnight reservations!
 
Lakepoint Resort State Park 
Eufaula Bass Trail 
August 9
Take off at safe light from Lakepoint Marina, (334) 687-6026
Weigh-In at 2:30p.m.
Number of boats expected: 40-70
For more information contact Les Bratcher or Bill Murdock, (229)317-0150, or Big Bite Baits (334) 726-5697.

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Parks Smartphone App 
Now available
As part of our 75th anniversary celebration we are proud to introduce the FREE Alabama State Parks Smartphone App. The app provides plenty of other features to maximize your outdoor adventure.
Click here to download the app.

Baumhower’s ShrimpFest
Lake Guntersville 
July 26
Joe Wheeler
August 9
Bob Baumhower continues to be a great supporter for Alabama State Parks. Visit Lake Guntersville (July 26) and Joe Wheeler (August 9) state parks for the next stops in a series of events to raise awareness of two important resources: State Parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood. 

Summer camp programs
DeSoto, Gulf , and Lake Guntersville state parks are offering a wide range of Summer camp programs designed for kids of all ages.
 
Click here for Lake Guntersville State Park info.
Click here for Gulf State Park info.
Click here for DeSoto State Park info.

Camping and Cave Tour
At Rickwood Caverns
With at least one night of camping a discounted cave admission for all adults (age 12 and older) of $10 is available only at time of registration. Package availability subject to cave operating schedule.
 
In celebration of Parks 75th Anniversary Rickwood Caverns on August 4 
all children 11 years old and under will be admitted to the pool for $1 when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Golf The Parks Path
We offer six different courses we refer to as ‘The Parks Path.” Visit www.alapark.com for more information or call and make your tee time at one of the following courses today.
Gulf State Park-The Refuge
Lakepoint State Park-The Sanctuary
Lake Guntersville-Eagles Nest

Weekend Dinner Specials
Don’t forget that our park lodges offer great weekend dinner specials. Visit their Facebook pages for more info.
Cheaha State Park-Cheaha Mountain Restaurant
DeSoto State Park -Mountain Inn Restaurant
Joe Wheeler State Park-Daniella’s In the Park
Lake Guntersville State Park-Pinecrest Dining Room 
Lakepoint State Park-The Water’s Edge Restaurant


Partners Pay The Way
This year we have started a new campaign focusing on our Park “Partners”, who they are   and what they mean to us.  Click here to find out more about our Partners.

Give Us Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit. 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.
 
July 2014 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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