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Joe Wheeler State Park
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4403 McLean Dr
Rogersville, Alabama   35652
(lat:34.8173 lon:-87.3456) map location

Phone: (256) 247-5466
Toll Free: 800-252-7275
Reservations: 256-685-2656
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Joe Wheeler State Park, located on Wheeler Lake, offers something for everyone; a resort lodge, a restaurant, cabins, camping, fishing, golf, tennis, swimming, convention/banquet facilities, transient slips and a marina.

Whether you're looking for a place to spend the weekend or a place to have the perfect wedding, Joe Wheeler State Park can be your dream destination. From small church groups to large conventions, our experienced staff can make your special occasion organized and stress free.

Located in Northwest Alabama, two miles west of Rogersville, off U.S. Highway 72, the park is approximately 50 miles west of Huntsville and 27 miles east of Florence. Interstate 65 and Athens are 22 miles east of the park.
Golf Course
Joe Wheeler offers an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by Earl Stone. The course has a setting of rolling hills that tie in with the river. Its length is a definite challenge to golfers, but is a very fun course to play for the novice. Since the course is inside a game sanctuary, wildlife is abundant on the course. Deer can be seen throughout the course and bluebirds are abundant.
Meeting Rooms
Looking for a relaxing setting to hold a convention? Our convention facilities will meet your needs. The giant convention hall can accommodate 600 for a reception, 425 for a banquet, 500 in a theater setting, or 300 in classroom arrangement. The River Room capacity is 300 for a reception, 150 for a banquet, 200 theater-style or 150 classroom-style.

The River Room:

The River Room offers a view of the lake along with a huge stone fireplace and will seat up to 100. Our full-service kitchen can plan and cater your meals. Contact our sales representative Felecia Turner to plan your next convention (256-247-5461 or 1-800-544-JOEW). If your group likes to ?hit the links?, contact our golf course to plan a golf outing or to set up individual tee times.
Daily - 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Joe Wheeler Marina is located just upstream of Wheeler Dam within the confines of First Creek. The setting for our marina is truly one of the most serene on the Tennessee River. Several miles of shoreline that adjoin the marina belong to the park and present a nature backdrop. We offer both covered and open slip for lease in the marina. Currently there are 26, 50-foot covered slips and 44, 24-foot covered slips. The marina is a favorite among sail-boaters. There are 88 uncovered sailboat slips. Sailboat slips are new docks and the electrical service to other docks has been recently renovated.
Joe Wheeler's full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are open to the public seven days a week. Relax and enjoy your delicious meal as you gaze out across the lake.

Each Sunday an exquisite buffet is prepared for our Sunday Brunch.

During the summer we offer a Seafood Buffet on Saturday night.

Our cabins are located on the south side of the Tennessee River near Wheeler Dam. This is a great area that is accessible to both Wheeler and Wilson lakes. There is a boat ramp for Wheeler lake within the cabin area and a boat ramp for Wilson lake within 1/2 mile. Our brick cabins are on a hill that overlooks Wheeler Lake. We also have wood cabins within this area, but they are not lakeside.

We have cabins that will accommodate from 4 persons up to 15. This area is a favorite with fisherman and many return year after year. We also host numerous family reunions and church retreats.

Cabins are equipped for basic housekeeping and cooking. Linens are provided. Cabins have TV's with basic Dish Network programing.


These ten newly constructed lakeside cottages are located in the mouth of First Creek, have two or three bedrooms. All have TV?s with satellite reception and DVD players in the great room. Cottages have central heat & air, fireplaces and are equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster and coffee maker. Cottages are supplied with linens, tableware and cookware.
The campground is a favorite among campers and features large, level sites among towering pines. There are 116 campsites in the improved campground - 110 sites with full hook-ups, which includes water, electric and sewage hook-ups. Joe Wheeler Resort State Park also has a primitive campground in which guests can use the bathhouse located in the adjacent C loop of the campground. These sites do not have electrical hook-ups, but water hydrants are located in this area. Each loop in the campground has a modern bathhouse with hot showers. Park staff clean bathhouses daily.
Pontoon Boats

Pontoon Boats are 24-foot powered by a 50 hp four-stroke motor. MAXIMUM OF 12 PERSONS! Life vests and all safety equipment is provided. 48-Hour Cancellation Policy - NO OVERNIGHT RENTALS. Alabama Boater's License NOT Required.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Plus gas, you pay for fill-up upon return of boat.Powered by Yamaha 4-stroke 15 Hp motor.

RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE BY CALLING (256)-247-6971During Business Hours of 8:00 AM - 5 PM

Paddle boat

Paddle Boats are powered by YOU.MAXIMUM OF 4 PERSONS!Life vests and all safety equipment is provided.CERTAIN RESTRICITIONS APPLYCONTRACT AGREEMENT REQUIRED
Whether you are a Bass Pro or a bank fisherman Wheeler Lake and Joe Wheeler State Park have a lot to offer you. The park has excellent facilities for tournaments and many areas for fisherman to access the water. The lake around the park is close to the dam with deep water and rock bluffs. Smallmouth inhabit these waters and can be the highlight of your trip. First Creek and Second Creek offer excellent largemouth fishing as well as catfish, crappie, bream and stripe. The Decatur "flats" are known for big largemouth and milfoil is abundant and is similar to the type of fishing found on Guntersville Lake. Adjacent to the state park's cabins are the tail waters of Wheeler Dam. Anglers from all over the country come here to sample the variety of fishing found below the dam. Smallmouth congregate here in the oxygen rich water, this is where a former world record smallmouth was caught. Cabin guest can regularly be seen cleaning coolers full of catfish they caught on their trips below the dam. Three types of striped bass inhabit these waters: white bass, hybrid striped bass and saltwater stripe or "rock fish". Crappie are a big draw in the spring if anglers know the right spots. Bream are popular with the bank fisherman and can be caught in many locations around the park.

Joe Wheeler State Park is located near Athens, Florence and Killen

Joe Wheeler?s day use picnic facilities include large picnic pavilions, a sandy beach swimming area, tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, large open playing field and ample shoreline for bank fisherman. A limited amount of recreational equipment is available for checkout. Trailheads are also located in this area with trails that wind through the park and along the shoreline. The setting for the day use area is in a cove off of the main Tennessee River. It is a very picturesque spot that offers fantastic river views. It is within walking distance of our campground.
Joe Wheeler Resort State Park?s most popular hiking is a trail system located between the Day Use Area and the Resort Lodge. This trail network consists of approximately 2.5 miles of trails. The Southside cabin area hosts a 2.5 looped multi-use trail for hikers and mountain bikers. The trailhead is accessed from AL Hwy. 101 near Wheeler Dam and the cabin area.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 13 Beautiful place
park review stars; one to five Absolutely beautiful place We rented a lakeside cabin.I would give this place a 10 for the beauty inside the cabin and out as well as the staff. All a 10 except the floors and rugs in the cabin. I know they were mopped before arrival because they were sticky.But NOT clean. Our feet were black if we went barefoot or with socks ..Such a beautiful place should not have this issue
May 30 by Kailyn sexton
park review stars; one to five Hey this is Deanna granddaughter I loved the river or lake
January 15 Bobby is right! by 11 point
park review stars; one to five My wifes family has been comming here every year for a week stay since 1981.Since we been married in 1998 i have came with them.They are fisherman to and bring two or more boats.The boat dock this year was down right dangerous.The dock was leanning to the left bad! We to have asked for a security light so you can see at dark so you dont step on a snake or in something else! Since there is no bathroom or portajohn.I dont think this is to much to ask for. When the lodge & marina are very nice.
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Located in Northwest Alabama, two miles west of Rogersville, off U.S. Highway 72. The park is approximately 50 miles west of Huntsville, Alabama and 27 miles east of Florence, Alabama. Interstate 65 and Athens, Alabama are 22 miles east of the park.

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