Joe Wheeler State Park

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Joe Wheeler State Park
Alabama State Park
Named for: Joseph "Joe" Wheeler
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Lauderdale, Lawrence
Elevation 571 ft (174 m) [1]
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Area 2,550 acres (1,032 ha)
Established 1949
Management Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Location in Alabama
Website: Joe Wheeler State Park

Joe Wheeler State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area with resort features located on Wheeler Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama.[2] The state park contains 2,550 acres (1,030 ha) of land in three separate parcels and adjoins the Tennessee Valley Authority's Wheeler Dam.[3]

History

The park was established when the state purchased land from the TVA in 1949. Resort features were added during a major upgrade begun in 1973.[3] The park, the lake and dam all are named for Confederate general and U.S. Congressman Joseph Wheeler.[4]

Activities and amenities

The park includes a resort lodge, convention facilities, restaurant, campground, 140-slip marina, 18-hole golf course, and 2.5-mile (4.0 km) loop trail for hiking and biking.[2] The TVA maintains a dam overlook near the state park's cabin area.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joe Wheeler State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Joe Wheeler State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 5, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas V. Ress (November 19, 2012). "Joe Wheeler State Park". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved January 5, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Wheeler". Tennessee Valley Authority. Retrieved January 5, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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