Millers Ferry Lock and Dam and the William “Bill” Dannelly Reservoir
Bisecting Alabama’s Black Prairie Belt, the William “Bill” Dannelly Reservoir encompasses 105 miles of the Alabama River, from Millers Ferry Lock and Dam to the Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam.
Named for an active supporter of river development, the late Judge Dannelly of Camden, Alabama. Dannelly Reservoir was created by the construction of Millers Ferry Lock and Dam which was completed in 1970. The power plant produces enough electricity to serve more than 50,000 homes.
Dannelly Reservoir boasts an area of about 27 square miles and a shoreline of more than 500 miles. Since opening in 1974, the lake and its surrounding parks have become a recreational center, offering excellent fishing, skiing, boating and hunting.
Designed for year-round use, Dannelly has numerous campgrounds, boat ramps, beaches and picnic areas. The lake offers bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and other species, creating a true anglers’ paradise.
With its great appeal to sportsmen, birders, naturalists and those who just want to “get away from it all,” it’s little wonder that almost 3 million people visit Dannelly each year.
- Authorized: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1945
- Purpose: Navigation, power generation, recreation
- Year Completed: 1970
- Cost: $63.1 million
- Area of Reservoir: 17,200 acres
- Hydro Generating Capacity: 90 MW