Lake Tuscaloosa


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State troopers to increase marine patrols for Memorial Day Weekend


Date: 5/19/2017 5:02:00 PM

Alabama Marine Police expect more boats will fill Lake Tuscaloosa as Memorial Day weekend nears. They'll match that boating traffic as much as possible. "We have plans in place to make sure that are as many patrol troopers on the waters as possible

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After recent tragedy, family remembers own loss to electric shock drowning

Date: 5/19/2017 1:28:00 PM

The Saturday before Easter, two colleagues, Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, visited Lake Tuscaloosa to soak up the sun on a family dock. A few hours later, family members discovered the women’s possessions, but saw no sign of the Alabama

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Parents of teen electrocuted on Smith Lake work to spread warning of electric currents near docks

CBS 42

Date: 5/18/2017 9:11:00 PM

Bags were delivered to docks this week. In April 2017, investigators said two women died from electrocution on Lake Tuscaloosa. Johnson said it’s one of the many reasons he continues to speak out about Carmen. “As her dad, I want to do as much to bring

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Editorial: Shocking Revelation


Date: 5/2/2017 4:44:00 PM

Earlier this month, two women, Shelly Darling and Elizabeth Whipple, died of suspected electric shock-drowning at Lake Tuscaloosa. I personally had no idea what electric shock drowning was or how it happens, but I do now. What I've learned is that docks

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Parents warn about electric shock drowning after 15-year-old girl's tragic death


Date: 4/24/2017 2:56:00 PM

The two women, 34-year-old Shelly Darling and 41-year-old Elizabeth Whipple, went missing after sunbathing on Lake Tuscaloosa Friday afternoon. Their bodies were retrieved from the lake early Saturday morning. Preliminary autopsies for the two victims show

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• River: Black Warrior River
• Length: 177 Miles
• Surface Area: 5,885 Acres
• Volume: 325,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 416 Square Miles
• Length: 15 Miles
Located five miles north of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport in west central Alabama, Lake Tuscaloosa is a 5,885-acre water supply reservoir with 177 miles of shoreline. The tailwater area (North River) drains into the Black Warrior River basin and is a popular recreational area to many anglers. When the reservoir was impounded by the City of Tuscaloosa in 1971, little material was left behind to serve as fish habitat. Consequently, biologists suspected that the lake would be clear and infertile with relatively low fish production. This has proved to be the case, and water visibilities near the dam often exceed 20 feet. Upper reaches of the lake near Binion and Turkey Creeks are more fertile, have lower water visibilities, and are generally better areas to fish.

Lake Tuscaloosa was constructed to supply domestic and industrial water for the City of Tuscaloosa. However, the lake has become very popular for various types of recreation including boating, swimming and fishing. There are public and private boat ramps located on the lake, as well as several private marinas. Public launches are located at Binion Creek (State), Rock Quarry and Sharps Landing (Municipal). Detailed maps of Lake Tuscaloosa are available at local marinas and sporting goods stores.

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