Cedar Creek Dam in the northwest corner of Alabama is part of a cluster of four dams located on Bear Creek and its tributaries.
Cedar Creek Dam is one of four dams that provide flood damage reduction, recreational opportunities and water supply in northwest Alabama. The others are Bear Creek, Upper Bear Creek and Little Bear Creek. Cedar Creek is the largest of the four Bear Creek reservoirs.
The Bear Creek area is popular with all types of boaters, especially canoeists and kayakers. The Bear Creek Floatway, which flows into Bear Creek Reservoir, is a popular spot for teaching first-timers to negotiate rapids and work with the current.
Below Bear Creek Dam, the Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail provides a more leisurely float running a total of 34 miles down the creek and all the way to Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee River.
The scenic area is also popular for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching and sightseeing.
Cedar Creek: Facts + Figures
- Cedar Creek Dam was completed in 1979.
- The dam is 96 feet high and 3,160 feet long.
- Cedar Creek Reservoir extends nine miles upstream from the dam.
- The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 80,000 acre-feet.
- Cedar Creek Dam is not a hydroelectric facility. It has no power generators and produces no electricity.