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Rivers, Lakes, and Fishing

Elmore County is blessed with three great rivers. The Tallapoosa River runs along the eastern edge of the county flowing southwest before joining the Coosa south of Wetumpka. The Coosa River runs along the northwestern section of the county flowing south from Wetumpka before joining the Coosa to form the Alabama River which then flows Northward along the western boundary of the county.

Elmore County is home to Lake Jordan, Lake Martin, Yates Lake and many backwater lakes providing excellent fishing and recreational water activities. Each lake has distinctive characteristics, but all provide a beautiful view of our great county. Jackson Lake, near the City of Millbrook is home to an island that was once a movie set for the movie “Big Fish”.

The fishing in Elmore County is top notch offering a unique experience for the casual angler or professional fisherman. The rivers and lakes have award-winning crappie, largemouth and spotted bass, catfish, bream, hybrid, and saltwater striped bass. Many national fishing tournaments host events in Elmore County not only due to the great fish, but also the great amenities.

DID YOU KNOW? Jackson Lake, near the City of Millbrook is home to an island that was once a movie set for the movie “Big Fish”.

Coosa River Adventures

Kayaking the Coosa River is one of the many fun activities people enjoy during the warmer seasons. At Coosa River Adventures, rent a kayak and enjoy a seven-mile journey down the Coosa River. Along the way, you will encounter beautiful scenery including ospreys and the occasional bald eagle. You may get wet at the class three rapids at the well-known location Moccasin’s Gap.

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Alabama Wildlife Federation

  • 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, AL 36054

Elmore County is home to the state’s oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization. AWF offers educational opportunities for all ages at the 23,000 square foot NaturePlex that showcases the 420 acres of striking forests, wetlands, and ponds traversed by five miles of boardwalks and trails.

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More Things to See and Do

Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka

  • 303 Poarch Road, Atmore, AL 36502

At Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka, no luxury was spared, from the excitement of the high-limit salon to the exquisite furnishings. The gaming floor offers 85,000 square foot of floor space to play over 2,500 of the most popular games. They also have many dining options including the gourmet FIRE steakhouse. With 283 oversized rooms in the AAA Four Diamond Rated luxury rated hotel, it is sure to please your needs.

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Fort Toulouse

  • 2521 W Fort Toulouse Road, Wetumpka, AL 36093

Wetumpka is home to Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park. When you visit the 1751 Fort Toulouse, you will find 1,000-year-old Indian mounds and see the beauty of the William Bartram Nature Trial. They also host reenactments that will take you back to the time of the War of 1812 and the French and Indian War.

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Wetumpka Impact Crater

The Wetumpka Astrobleme was created by a cosmic event that occurred 80 to 83 million years ago. After many tests and deep earth core drilling in recent years, it was confirmed that this is indeed an impact crater. It is only one of the few above-ground impact craters in the United States, and it is only one of six in the world.

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Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail

The Alabama Birding Trail is made up of eight different trails throughout the state. These locations allow for the best public locations for bird watching year-round. The Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail has 40 East Central Alabama sites, 6 of the 40 are in Elmore County. The locations in Elmore County are the following:

  • Alabama Nature Center – Lanark
  • Cooter’s Pond
  • Corn Creek Wilderness Park
  • Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson
  • Gold Star Park
  • The Yates Lake Forever Wild Tract
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Emerald Mountain Golf Course

  • 245 Mountain View Dr., Wetumpka, AL 36093

Emerald Mountain Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Emerald Mountain Golf Club difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Emerald Mountain Golf Club is a terrific choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Wetumpka.

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The Pines Golf Course

  • 307 Deatsville Hwy, Millbrook, AL 36054

The Pines Golf Club is a public facility owned and operated by the City of Millbrook. The 18-hole scenic golf course features 6,318 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 68.5 with a slope rating of 113.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

  • 2600 Constitution Ave., Prattville, AL 36066

Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the largest golf course construction project ever attempted, with 378 holes at eight spectacular sites throughout the entire state – all of which partake of the natural topography. The “Trail” offers genuine championship layouts that will stand the test of time and pose major tests of golf for years to come. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a dazzling collection of public golf courses in the state of Alabama.

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Swayback Trails

The Trail of Legends Association, Inc. (TOLA) began as a grassroots effort led by citizens of Elmore County who were interested in creating safe and scenic trails that would provide an alternative to walking along dangerous roads and highways. In 1993, TOLA was created as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a very clear mission, which was to develop a trail system in Elmore County. During that same year TOLA received a federal grant to develop a countywide trail plan which was done in association with the Alabama Regional Planning Commission. TOLA’s first completed project is the Swayback Bridge Trail. Visit their website to find directions, maps of the trail, photos, and more.

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Lake Martin Machine Gun

  • 2520 Red Hill Rd, Eclectic, AL 36024

Lake Martin Machine Gun (LMMG) is Alabama’s premier outdoor machine gun experience and shooting range located near beautiful Lake Martin on 90 acres. LMMG offers a historical introduction of a variety of fully automatic machines guns to shoot and a safe clean atmosphere to bring your own firearms to shoot. Each shooter can experience the adrenaline rush of a fully automatic firearm in a safe and private environment under the direct supervision of trained professionals, or practice with their own firearms under the careful watch of our range safety officers.

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