Mitchell Dam


Mitchell Dam
In service: 1985

In 1921 the Federal Power Commission granted Alabama Power Company a license to construct a dam across the Coosa River near Clanton, downstream from Lay Lake, at a location called Duncan's Riffle. The dam and lake is named for former Alabama Power Company President James Mitchell. An internationally known electrical engineer, Mitchell came to Alabama in 1911 to survey its potential for hydroelectric power development. Construction of Mitchell Dam, Alabama Power Company's second hydroelectric plant, was completed in 1923 and it has been busy producing hydro power ever since.

The story of Mitchell Dam and Mitchell Lake began as a story of energy. It continues today as a story of flood control, recreation and economic opportunity, irrigation and drinking water, and fish and wildlife habitats. Power was just the beginning.

Mitchell Dam is the second oldest of 14 Alabama Power Company hydroelectric generating plants. The dam was named for James Mitchell, Alabama Power president from 1912 to 1920.

Located on the Coosa River near Verbena, the dam straddles the Chilton and Coosa County line.

A unique feature of the new powerhouse, which was completed in 1985, is a 1,140-foot floating trash boom that deflects trash from the powerhouse intakes.

A fishing facility located below the dam is open year-round to the public. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables and an overlook are also available for public use.

Whether you enjoy fishing from a boat, a pier, or a bank, and whether you prefer open water or secluded inlets, you'll find a great fishing spot at the Mitchell Dam and on Mitchell Lake.

Fishing in Alabama requires a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased at some sporting goods stores, convenience stores, marinas and county courthouses.

To help you find a great fishing spot, check out the GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates for fish habitats.


one-image Swirling water and strong underwater currents at powerhouse intakes. five-image Strong upstream currents in surface waters
(reverse flow).
two-image Strong current over or through spillway and trash gates. six-image Swift, turbulent waters below spillway gates.
three-image Turbulent discharges from automatically operated turbines. seven-image Rapidly rising waters from turbine or spillway discharge.
four-image Cascading spillway discharges.

DAMS: Bankhead | Holt | H. Neely Henry | Smith | R. L. Harris | Martin | Mitchell | Jordan | Lay | Logan Martin | Thurlow | Walter Bouldin | Weiss | Yates

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