Weiss Dam was the first dam built as a part of an Alabama Power Company construction program that further developed the Coosa River in the late 1950s and the 1960s. The facility was named after F.C. Weiss, a former chief engineer of Alabama Power.
The story of Weiss Dam and Weiss 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.Facts about Weiss Dam:
- Type: Gravity concrete and earth fill
- Length of concrete: 392 feet
- Length of earth-dikes: 30,406 feet
- Maximum height: 126 feet
- Elevation above sea level: 564 feet
- Area: 30,200 acres
- Shoreline: 447 miles
- Length: 52 miles
- Maximum depth at dam: 62 feet
- Area of watershed draining into reservoir:5,273 square miles
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 on Weiss Dam.
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.
|Swirling water and strong underwater currents at powerhouse intakes.||Strong upstream currents in surface waters
|Strong current over or through spillway and trash gates.||Swift, turbulent waters below spillway gates.|
|Turbulent discharges from automatically operated turbines.||Rapidly rising waters from turbine or spillway discharge.|
|Cascading spillway discharges.|