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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.


Jordan’s Journey

A 60-acre day-use area on the shores of Lake Jordan. This trail was completed in 2020 and connects to the Swayback Bridge Trail. Key features of this site include unique gazebos, benches, fishing piers, and over 3 miles of rolling trails.


Lake Talisi Riverwalk Trail

Lake Talisi Riverwalk Trail was developed and refined with close participation of the Tallassee Recreation Department, Tallassee Recreation Board, the Greater Tallassee Area Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Community Hospital, and the State of Alabama Department of Public Health. The trail was designed to meet stringent accessibility guidelines and to allow access to persons of all physical disability levels. While the trail follows the existing terrain of the land, additional features and elements are included to provide the greatest accessibility for the greatest number of participants, both pedestrian and bicyclist.


Alabama Wildlife Federation

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.


Campgrounds and RV Parks

Camp Sherrye

Whether or not you are a water sports enthusiast, you are sure to appreciate your stay at Camp Sherrye on the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Alabama. Camp Sherrye’s campsites are large and carefully graded, designed to easily accommodate everything from tents to the biggest of big rig RVs – including travel trailers, fifth wheel campers, and motorhomes.


Jackson Lake Island

Jackson Lake Island is home to the “Town of Spectre” movie set from Tim Burton’s classic “Big Fish”! Looking for a peaceful place to fish or picnic? Need a natural photography backdrop? Do you enjoy overnight camping in a serene location? You can visit the many goats and sheep that freely roam the upland. This relaxing paradise could be the perfect place for you. There is a ramp to launch your boat and it is also a beautiful place to kayak or canoe. You will find peaceful waters and also access to the Alabama River. Jackson Lake Island has everything you and your family need for some a peaceful day outdoors.


K & K Campground

K & K Camping Center has been serving the River Region area in Alabama since 1975. The RV park is also a service & sales center with staff that is friendly and experienced in every field, including: RV sales, RV Financing, RV Camper Parts or RV Service.


Lake Jordan RV Resort

Located on Bonner’s Point Road in Wetumpka, Lake Jordan RV Resort has 25 campsites and monthly rates are available.


Six Pier Landing

Six Pier Landing offers some of the best RV lots and cabin rentals on beautiful Lake Jordan with a private boat landing. Six Pier Landing is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction with the beautiful scenery and a family atmosphere. Fishermen and water sports enthusiasts are welcome. RV Lots and Cabin Rentals are on a monthly or weekly basis (no long term lease required).


Swayback Trails & Campground

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.

Swayback Trails
Swayback Campground

Golf Courses

Emerald Mountain Golf Course

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.


The Pines Golf Course

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.


Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

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.



Elmore County Black History Museum

The Elmore County Black History Museum allows visitors to examine the collective ingenuity, creativity, cultural, and political expressions of Elmore County’s Black community. The museum’s permanent collections focus on the histories of Elmore County families, communities, schools and churches.


Elmore County Museum

The Elmore County Museum works to bring together those interested in the history, heritage, records and genealogy of Elmore County. The museum collects historical material that pertains to local history, preserving it while making it available to the community. They also house genealogical information for the local historical society, and host events, activities and lectures regarding Elmore County history.


More Things to See and Do

Fort Toulouse – Jackson Park

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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Lake Martin Machine Gun

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.


Monster Mountain MX

Monster Mountain MX is one of the top motocross racing and training facilities in North America. They offer a wide range of activities for casual riders, along with beginner, intermediate, and professional racers of all ages. Awesome track views from several locations along the main track.


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

Trails at Yates Lake

There are two primary hiking trails on this 6000 acre wildlife management area owned by Alabama Forever Wild. The John B. Scott trail is 4.7 miles that weaves along the Tallapoosa River through old growth hardwoods and along several beautiful, flowing creeks. The Cherokee Bluffs Dam Railroad trail follows the old, historic railroad bed that was built in the early 1920’s and used in the construction of Martin Dam. You can hike 2.7 miles to the Channahatchee Creek or you can follow either the Highline or Lowline railroads and proceed to the highest point in Elmore County: Saddle Rock Mountain.


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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Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka

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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