The largest lake in Alabama is Lake Weiss, which lies on the border between Alabama and Georgia in Cherokee County and measures 30,200 acres. The lake features four free public access areas and is home to 37 privately run marinas. Other large lakes include the 184-acre Escambia County Lake, the 183-acre Chambers County Lake, the 130-acre Lee County Lake and the 105-acre Madison County Lake.
The Escambia County Lake, also known as Leon Brooks Hines Lake, lies in the Conecuh National Forest near the Alabama/Florida line. The lake has a boat ramp, fishing pier and restrooms, and it features a concession stand that sells bait, tackle and snacks, as of 2016. Chambers County Lake, located in Lafayette, Alabama, offers primitive camping, concessions, a boat ramp and pier. Lee County Lake in Opelika, Alabama, and Madison County Lake, located in Gurley, Alabama, offer similar amenities.
Alabama is home to 23 public lakes in 20 counties. The state of Alabama requires valid fishing licenses and daily fishing permits for people wishing to fish in its public lakes, which are open from February 1 through November 30 of each year, as of 2016. Some fish found in Alabama’s lakes include white and black crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, redear sunfish and bluegill.