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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”.

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.

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.


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 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.


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