The 130-acre Lee County Public Lake is just a short distance from the Auburn/Opelika area. Visitors will find a variety of birds associated with the lake and bordering forested habitats. The tall pines at the store and boat launch area allow for excellent viewing opportunities of Brown-headed Nuthatches, woodpeckers, and Eastern Bluebirds. Winter is best for scanning the lake for waterfowl including Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Duck.
The forest habitats bordering the lake host the potential for migrants in spring and fall, especially areas along the dam which provides a good viewing height of the trees below the dam. Past the dam towards the end of the road offers mixed woods and lake edge habitats that are good for a variety of songbirds and wading birds including Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Indigo Bunting, and Dark-eyed Junco.
Open sunrise to sunset:
February 1 – June 30: Open six days each week. Closed Mondays.
July 1 – November 30: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
December 1 – January 31: Closed.
State-owned public fishing lakes are typically open six days a week from February 1 through June 30 each year. From July 1 until November 30, some lakes are only open five days a week. Information and schedules may change without notice, so please call the Lake Manager or the appropriate Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries District Office for the current operating schedule.
GPS: 32.551981 -85.313506
Lee Road 808
Opelika, AL 36804
Much of this lake can be easily birded by car, and a gravel road winds its way around much of the lake. There is an accessible restroom with paved parking that offers nice views of the lake as well.
Lee County Lake is located 6 miles southeast of Opelika (or 9 miles east Auburn). All information subject to change without notice. From Auburn: Moore's Mill Road (Lee Road 146) 9 miles from I-85, Lee County Lake on the right. From Columbus GA & Phenix City:Highway 80 to Crawford, turn right on Alabama 169, go 9 miles (Depress Motor Co.), turn left on Stringfellow Road (Lee Road 146), 1-1/2 miles to Lee County Lake on the left.
Amenities Available: Boat Launch, Gravel or Dirt Trails, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible
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