Lake Wedowee History

The R.L. Harris Dam of Lake Wedowee was completed in 1982. The two rivers that flow into Lake Wedowee are the Little Tallapoosa and the Tallapoosa (locally called the Big River). These rivers originate across the Georgia state line and join at the Hwy 48 bridge.

Lake Wedowee spans 10,660 acres; it’s 27 miles long and has a 272 mile shoreline. When the lake is at full capacity, it is 793 feet above sea level. Alabama Power Company controls lake levels and typically raises the lake level by early to mid April. Lake depth reaches a maximum of approximately 126 feet. The lake is known for its crystal waters, although long periods of rain will temporarily stain the area near the upper end of both rivers.

Use caution when speaking to other Real Estate Professionals about the water level of the property you are considering. Alabama is a “buyer beware” state; therefore, keep in mind the differences between seasonal and year around water levels. Ron’s definition of year around water is: a lot that allows the owner to have a floating dock with the ability to anchor a boat year round, as well as the ability to navigate to a larger body of water from the dock.

Randolph County has laws in place to provide for a safe family-oriented environment. There are restrictions regarding certain types of boats. Houseboats or any vessel that has an onboard septic device is NOT permitted on Lake Wedowee. This is advantageous because it results in fewer large boats, in turn, providing a much larger recreational area. A boating license is not required for individuals possessing an out-of-state driver’s license if they are operating a vessel less than a set number of days per year. If you have any concerns about the laws and regulations of Lake Wedowee please call me, I will be glad to refer you to the proper authorities.

General Guidelines for Lake Wedowee Shoreline Permitting