The Alabama State Parks System is implementing a new contingency operations plan that will go into effect on October 1 and includes closure of a number of parks and park operations, reduction in staff and operational hours at additional parks and park facilities, as well as a potential concession operation for one facility and other new approaches to serving the public. Beginning October 15, the following five parks will be closed: Bladon Springs, Paul Grist, Chickasaw, Florala and Roland Cooper.

Over the last 5 years, more than $30 million has been transferred  from the ADCNR to the general fund to support other state programs. The state parks system alone has been forced to transfer half of the $30 million from its division. We spent months of tirelessly working to educate the public and legislative on the impact of 5th year of transfers would have on our system.

We can’t afford to run our current system with a continued loss of revenue due to this chronic problem of legislative transfers from our parks division to the general fund budget. These closures are going to negatively impact our state – from the citizens in the communities where they exist, to the dedicated staff at these parks who have worked so hard serving the public for many years.

We will continue to work with all interested parties to educate everyone on the importance of securing permanent and protected funding that will ensure that the entire park system remains open for all Alabamians throughout the state.

Hugging the shore of the 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir, Roland Cooper features a nine-hole golf course with clubhouse, vacation cottages, modern campground, and a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and comfort station. With all these options visitors are sure to find the rest and recreation they need to shed the stress of that busy work week.

The fishing at Roland Cooper is excellent. Dannelly Reservoir, also known as Millers Ferry, offers some of the best fishing in southwest Alabama. With ample populations of game fish in the lake, anglers should be pleased with their chances of landing a keeper. The park also provides boat launching facilities and hosts fishing tournaments throughout the year.
In addition to fishing, the park offers a variety of overnight accommodations including six furnished two-bedroom cabins and 47 improved campsites with picnic tables, grills, water, 30-amp electrical and sewer hook ups. Tent camping is available on 13 primitive sites as well. All campers have easy access to nearby bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities.
Deer Haven, the park’s 3,300-yard par 36 golf course, is perfect for players looking for a challenge or just a fun day on the greens.
Access to the Alabama River and the abundant forested surroundings make Roland Cooper State Park a birder’s paradise. In fact, Roland Cooper is a featured stop on Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail. Various raptors, waterfowl and songbirds are common. Bald eagles and osprey are present most of the year.
Paved campsites feature picnic tables, grills, water, 30-amp electrical and sewer hook ups. Dumping stations and trash containers are easily accessible, and bathrooms, showers and *laudry facilities are nearby. There are 47 improved and 13 primitive sites to choose from.
*Laundry Facility is down now for renovation. Hope to have this facility back up in the near future.
Roland Cooper State Park also features six completely furnished two-bedroom cabins. One is wheelchair accessible and one is dog-friendly. 
Area attractions
With Montgomery, Mobile and Selma within a two-hour drive, visitors will have lots of shopping and dining options while traveling to and from the park. Another point of interest in the area is Gee’s Bend, which was featured in the Emmy Award winning Alabama Public Television documentary “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend.” The film focuses on local quilters who produce internationally celebrated quilts.