Dry conditions affecting summer lake levels

Despite an extremely wet winter season, the dry conditions that developed this spring have reduced the flows in rivers and streams that feed Alabama Power’s reservoirs. Summer heat and evaporation are also contributing to the reduced flows.

In response to these conditions, Alabama Power has minimized water releases from its hydroelectric dams. In addition, recreational releases from Jordan Dam on the Coosa River will be suspended, starting the July 4 holiday weekend.

As these dry conditions persist, Alabama Power expects the levels on Weiss, Neely Henry, and Logan Martin lakes on the Coosa River, Harris and Martin lakes on the Tallapoosa River, and Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River to continue to decline. The company is working with government agencies, municipalities, businesses and industry, and community groups to communicate about its efforts to conserve water.

Alabama Power will continue to closely monitor conditions on the lakes and manage the limited water resources carefully. Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

For details about Alabama Power lakes, visit or add the free Alabama Power Shorelines app to your mobile device. To view specific lake advisories, click on the lake name and then click the circular information icon. Individuals can also call Alabama Power’s automated Reservoir Information Line at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711).