Oak Mountain Flat Water Paddling

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Summary

There are a few different lakes at Oak Mountain State Park, and they all offer great flat water paddling, no matter what vessel you choose.

Written by

Eddie Freyer

Distance

6.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

48.0 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

2-4 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Spring, Summer, Fall

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

Yes

Yes if renting boats or boards

Land Website

Oak Mountain Park

Review

Intro

Oak Mountain is the largest park in the state with just under 10,000 acres of scenic Alabama topography. You can ride, hike, run, swim, boat, paddleboard, or golf at this park. For the water-lover in you, there are several scenic lakes with fantastic paddling and swimming to take advantage of.  

What Makes It Great

Double Oak Lake is the most convenient place to start. The marina has a fleet of canoes, kayaks, and plastic SUPs that you can rent by the hour. The floating boat dock makes launching a breeze, and there’s also a ramp if you have your own boat, board or yak. The lake itself is the most widely used in the park and on a busy weekend you’ll share the water with a few hundred other like-minded individuals. If that’s not your thing, one way to enjoy a bit more solitude is to plan your visit during the week or first thing in the morning when the marina opens at 10:00 AM. You can get in a couple hours before the crowds start to show up.


The two other lakes in the park (Lunker Lake and Oak Mountain Lake) are a lot quieter, but you need to have your own boat/board since there are no rental options at these lakes. Adjacent to one another, we like to explore the upper lake (Lunker) and then portage down to the lower lake (Oak Mountain) to extend our trip. These lakes both have great scenery and you’ll probably only run into a handful of fishermen who, for some crazy reason, are a lot quieter than the beach goers at Double Oak. 

Who is Going to Love It

Boater and paddlers out for a good day in a quiet setting. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The marina doesn’t have set hours of operation and it's open seasonally from Mid-March until Mid-October. It’s best just to call the park office and ask before heading out that way. The number is (205) 620-2520.

The address for Oak Mountain State Park is 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124. 

From the Oak Mountain website:

Hours of Operation
8am to 5pm - 7 days a week. If you arrive after hours and the office is closed, Information is posted on front of office. You may go ahead and set up in a campsite and come in the next morning to register.


Directions from Geraldine, Ala.
Follow Hwy 227 out of Geraldine, Ala. traveling north. You will arrive at intersection of 227 and 400. Go straight on to county road 402. In 1 1/2 miles you will arrive at intersection of 402 and county road 50. Continue straight on to county road 19. In 2 1/2 miles you will see main entrance to the park on the left.

Directions from Section, Ala.
Follow county road 43 to Macedonia to the 4 way stop. Turn right onto county road 38. Then 1/8 mile turn left onto county road 44.Follow county road 44 for 6 miles to county road 152 on left. County Road 152 will end at the north entrance of the park.

Directions from Lake Guntersville State Park
Follow Hwy 227 south from Lake Guntersville State Park. Hwy 227 makes a right turn and continues on for 6 miles to county road 402 on left. Continue on 402 to intersection of 402 and county road 50. Continue on straight to county road 19 for 2 1/2 miles, You will see the main entrance on the left.

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Location

Oak Mountain Flat Water Paddling

877 Findlay Dr
Pelham, AL, 35124
33.328153, -86.753592

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