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Friday, October 12, 2012

Great News - Locks will stay open for recreational boaters !!

USACE heard your voice and reconsidered its plan to close the Alabama River Locks to recreational boaters!!



Thanks again to everyone who signed the petition asking the USACE to reconsider their decision to close the Alabama River locks to recreational boaters.

Due to your input, the Corps did reconsider, and the result is that the LOCKS WILL REMAIN OPEN ON A REDUCED SCHEDULE !!!

The new schedule will take effect in February 2013, and will consist of the locks being open 4 days a week, for 10 hours each day. The locks will be closed on federal holidays and some other times during the year, but the bottom line is that with a little pre-planning, the access will allow for navigation from around Wetumpka to Mobile and the Gulf Coast.

The trips we've taken on the Alabama River have been experiences that I will never forget, and have provided memories for our grandchildren that nothing else can compare to. 

The beauty of the changing landscape as the river winds through the high sandstone cliffs in the northern section to the huge white sand-bars of the lower sections is really hard to put into words. When you add the thrill of seeing bald eagles, leaping gar, deer, raccoon, and even a black bear, it's easy to understand that this natural resource should always be accessible for our future generations to enjoy.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for helping to keep this great part of God's creation accessible to everyone.

Tom