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William Dannellly Lake

The William "Bill" Dannelly Lake is a reservoir located along the Alabama River between Lake Claiborne downstream and the "Jones Bluff" Reservoir upstream. Like many lakes in Alabama, this lake has several names, including Millers Ferry Reservoir, named after the Millers Ferry Lock and Dam in Wilcox County that impounds this section of the Alabama River.

This reservoir is the second of three impoundments located on the Alabama River, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This lake alone receives over three million visitors per year, despite its isolated surroundings. Known as the "Alabama River Lakes," the Corps has developed many camping, primitive camping, hiking, boating, and picnicking facilities on Claiborne, Jones Bluff, and Dannelly Lakes.


This particular lake is noted for its bass and black and white crappie fishing, but anglers can go for blue and channel catfish as well. The reservoir is consistent with producing bass that are three pounds or more. Look for bass in backwaters such as Alligator or Houseboat Slough, or at Foster Creek. The lake was the site of the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association 2012 State Championship Tournament. The students used the Roland Cooper State Park boat ramp as their launch point.


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    William Dannelly Lake Alabama Coordinates:
32.1007N -87.3989W
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Surface Area:
35,640 acres
Maximum Depth:
79 ft
92 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Roland Cooper State Park offers boat ramp access, and this park is located just six miles northeast of Camden or 28 miles south of Selma. This park has a parking lot that can accommodate 75 trailers at 1.5 acres. Restrooms also are available.


Several developed campgrounds are located around this reservoir, including Roland Cooper State Park, Millers Ferry Campground, and Chilatchee Creek Campground. Primitive camping also is available at Portland and Bridgeport Landings, Elm Bluff Park, and Six Mile Creek Park. For any additional lodging, Selma is located on the river at the upper half of the lake in Dallas County, about 40 miles from the lake. Other than Camden, which is the Wilcox County seat, Selma is the closest town to this lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


William "Bill" Dannelly Lake is located entirely within Wilcox County, Alabama, which is a fairly isolated county. Camden is the only town of any size in this county, and it is the county seat. It is located near the lake, and it does have a municipal airport that is open for public use.

From Camden to I-65, the closest Interstate in the area, is 45 miles. Greenville, which has a few motels, is located on I-65. Selma is located about 40 miles north from the lake along AL 5 and 22. To get to Montgomery from the lake is almost a two-hour drive at 88 miles.

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