Weiss Dam was the first dam built as a part of an Alabama Power Company construction program that further developed the Coosa River in the late 1950s and the 1960s. The facility was named after F.C. Weiss, a former chief engineer of Alabama Power.
Weiss Dam is unique to Alabama Power's system because the spillway gates are about four miles from the powerhouse. Water is diverted through a one-mile man-made canal to the forebay of the powerhouse. When the plant is generating, water is passed through the man-made tailrace channel, back into the original riverbed.
Weiss Dam has a public fishing pier for the enjoyment of visitors. Weiss Lake, often refered to as the "Crappie Capital of the World," attracts fishermen from near and far.