Fishing and Floating the Sipsey Fork above Smith Lake
The Sipsey Fork originates at the confluence of Thompson and Hubbard creeks in southwestern Lawrence County. Often referred to by mistake as the Sipsey River (actually a tributary stream of the Tombigbee River), the Sipsey Fork is a tributary stream of the Mulberry Fork, which is part of the Black Warrior River.
The Sipsey Fork flows south-southeasterly until impacted by the impounded waters of Lewis-Smith Reservoir. This section, commonly referred to as Upper Sipsey Fork, lies completely within the boundaries of the William B. Bankhead National Forest. Sipsey Fork is Alabama’s only stream classified as a "National Wild and Scenic River." This classification will insure that Upper Sipsey Fork and its tributary streams will be managed in such a way as to protect and preserve the “…remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or similar values, in free flowing condition” for future generations to enjoy.