Mountain Bikers Expand Chewacla Trail System
A non-profit group of mountain bikers, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), are busy expanding and renovating the trails at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. Since 2011, CAMP has built 15 miles of new trails in the park. The group also plans to renovate and improve other Chewacla facilities. The trails are a mix of new sections and expansions of existing trails including some original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trails. According to CAMP president Mack Story, the new trails were developed with notable historic points of interest and natural beauty in mind. “A primary goal of CAMP is to help bring the park back to life as a thriving facility that offers many different opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors,” Story said. More
Year-Round Trout Fishing In Alabama?
Tucked below the 300-foot high Smith Lake dam, the Sipsey Fork holds one of Alabama's most unusual fisheries. Since 1974, rainbow trout have been stocked into the cold waters of the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River below Smith Lake. Currently, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division stocks about 3,500, 8- to 14-inch rainbow trout each month of the year except August. However, fishing should still be good until the next stocking in September. The most recent stocking was on July 19, 2012. A quick release system near the Smith Dam fishing platform on the west side of the Sipsey Fork is used to stock the trout. Anglers can catch and keep up to five fish; no size limit and no closed season. More
Beat the Fall Rush!
Take your Hunter Education Today
Alabama’s hunter education program helps keep hunting safe and enjoyable. The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt. Alabama has two hunter education options: a traditional course with a written test or a CD-ROM/Internet-based course followed by a field day to test hunter safety skills. The newly revised Hunter Education page at Outdoor Alabama makes it even easier to earn your hunting certificate. Don't wait; start today!
Alabama Coastal Cleanup Enters 25th year
Show your support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 25th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 8 a.m. until noon. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. Since the annual cleanup began, more than 61,513 volunteers have removed 1,169,844 pounds of trash from 3,917 miles of shoreline. Click here to learn how to take part in this year’s cleanup.
Photo of the Month: Record Bull Shark
Alabama has a new state record bull shark. It was caught by 12-year-old Dalton Taylor of Foley, Ala. and weighed 175 pounds, 14.4 ounces. Dalton loves to fish, and he says the bull shark is the largest fish he’s ever caught by himself!
The Sipsey River Swamp Recreation Area and Nature Preserve, part of the Forever Wild Land Trust, will host three upcoming open woods weeks. This 3,000-acre preserve is located in Tuscaloosa County near Buhl, Ala., and consists of beautiful bottomland forest along the Sipsey River.
• August 10-19
• September 7-16
• October 5-14
Take advantage of outdoor adventures like these that help keep Alabama Forever Wild!
Alabama Boater Course
Experiencing Alabama’s changing foliage from a boat is an awe-inspiring sight. But before you get in the water, you may need a boating license.
Unusual Alabama Critters