Morgan County is the focal point of all outdoor recreation on the 67,100-acre Wheeler Reservoir (Wheeler Lake) on the Tennessee River in North Alabama. Wheeler presents a mixture of deep drop-offs and shallow banks, narrow tributaries, and wide-open spaces. There are flooded timber, grass beds, and seemingly bottomless depths, quiet coves, brushy sloughs, and wave-washed cliffs. Just as varied as the lake so are the species of quality sport fish. Wheeler represents the southern-most point for the natural habitat of smallmouth bass, making the area home to many lunkers. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, stripe, catfish, and sauger are all popular game fish.
Riverwalk Marina – Located on the north bank of the Tennessee River. Includes private ships and boathouses, public launching ramps, vending area, and dockside gas and oil. For more information, contact (256) 340-9170.
Ingalls Harbor – Decatur’s newest riverside, open-air park. Includes public fishing boat launch, docking area, parking, and green space suitable for family gatherings and festivals. Additional developments in the future include restrooms, a visitor’s center, and a Tennessee River heritage museum. For information, contact (256) 350-2028.
Pirate’s Chest Marina & RV Park – Located on the south bank of the Tennessee River. Includes wet slips, vending, and public launching for a fee. For more information, contact (256) 350-4722.
State fishing licenses are available at tackle and bait shops throughout the county or from the License Commissioner, (256) 351-4770, at the Morgan County Courthouse in downtown Decatur. You can also call the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources at 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 license fee) or go online at www.dcnr.state.al.us (2% fee for internet purchase).