Joe Wheeler State Park
|Joe Wheeler State Park|
|Alabama State Park|
|Named for: Joseph "Joe" Wheeler|
|Elevation||571 ft (174 m) |
|Area||2,550 acres (1,032 ha)|
|Management||Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Website: Joe Wheeler State Park|
Joe Wheeler State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area with resort features located on Wheeler Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama. The state park contains 2,550 acres (1,030 ha) of land in three separate parcels and adjoins the Tennessee Valley Authority's Wheeler Dam.
The park was established when the state purchased land from the TVA in 1949. Resort features were added during a major upgrade begun in 1973. The park, the lake and dam all are named for Confederate general and U.S. Congressman Joseph Wheeler.
Activities and amenities
The park includes a resort lodge, convention facilities, restaurant, campground, 140-slip marina, 18-hole golf course, and 2.5-mile (4.0 km) loop trail for hiking and biking. The TVA maintains a dam overlook near the state park's cabin area.
- "Joe Wheeler State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Joe Wheeler State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Thomas V. Ress (November 19, 2012). "Joe Wheeler State Park". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "Wheeler". Tennessee Valley Authority. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Joe Wheeler State Park Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources