SPANNING A VAST 30,200 ACRES, WEISS LAKE (PRONOUNCED “WICE”) is an Alabama Power Company hydroelectric impoundment located in northeast Alabama near the Georgia border. The lake’s thriving fishery serves as a significant economic driver in Cherokee County, and the locals extend a warm welcome to all anglers. Five free public access areas and many privately-run marinas serve the lake, as do numerous campgrounds, RV Parks, motels, condos, houses, and rental cabins on the shoreline. Let’s explore some of the amazing things to do and see in and around the lake!


Known to many as the “Crappie Capital of the World,” Weiss Lake offers the best crappie fishing from February through April as well as late fall. White and black crappie can be found in the lake, with record catch weighing over 5 pounds! Many anglers are unaware of Weiss Lake’s immense potential as a bass fishery. The lake boasts a year-round population of largemouth and spotted bass, which can be found lurking in waters as shallow as inches or as deep as 30 feet. Weiss Lake also provides ample opportunities for striped bass fishing, offering exciting fights that appeal to anglers of all ages. Striped bass of over 25 pounds are caught regularly, so hold on for a fight of a lifetime.


Cherokee Pines Golf Course is a semi-private golf course located in Centre, Alabama. The 18-hole course measures over 6,000 yards from the back tees and offers a 71- par layout with a rating of 68.4.   The course is designed to be enjoyed by golfers of all levels. Highlighting the natural beauty of Cherokee County, at the picturesque 18th green or the practice green, you will find a splendid panoramic view at the summit of the course.  Cherokee Pines Golf Club is easily accessed from the surrounding areas, including Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.   

The Cherokee County, AL

Splish, splash, slip, slide-at Pirates Bay Waterpark, a sprawling aquatic playground located on a hilltop overlooking Weiss Lake. There’s fun for everyone with tube slides, body slides, multiple pools, waterfalls, splash playground, food, drinks, parties, and so much more! Plus, stay at nearby Chesnut Bay Resort or Great Escapes RV Resort Chesnut Bay and enjoy Pirates Bay Waterpark several days in a row! Visit for more information. 


Over 50 feet wide with 14 miles of floatable water, Terrapin Creek on Highway 9 South between Centre and Piedmont is a Class l-ll recreational stream that provides an excellent family-friendly canoeing and kayaking experience. For anglers, the creek is known for its spotted, largemouth, and redeye bass. Fly-fishing is popular along the creek. Outfitters include Redneck Yacht Club.


5.8 mile float. No rapids. Constant river flow so no need to paddle if you just want to relax! Also, there are no spots where your kayak will drag or catch bottom. There are several small islands along the float to stop and swim, fish, or play. Perfectly suited for all ages and all experience levels.  Located in  Northeast Alabama in Gaylesville. 35 minutes from Rome, GA. 45 minutes from Gadsden, AL. 1hr 15min from Chattanooga, TN. 1hr 40min from Birmingham, AL. And, 1hr 45min from Huntsville, AL.