Wind Creek State Park

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Wind Creek State Park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, a 44,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating.

Wind Creek  boasts the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites.  One hundred eighty-seven sites are waterfront,  allowing for fishing, swimming, and boating.

Other facilities include a marina, camp store, fishing pier, hiking trails, playground and picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters.

Bath houses are located throughout the campgrounds, and facilities for laundry.  Seven camping cabins are now open to the public.

In addition to being an excellent venue for boating and picnicking, the park (part of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail) is an excellent location for birding. Wind Creek State Park is situated on a wooded promontory that imposes itself into Lake Martin. Ospreys and Bald Eagles nest on the lake and both species may be seen throughout the year. The lake may attract rafts of wintering ducks, most numerous from late November through February. You’ll find mostly Ring-billed Gulls, along with some Herring and Bonaparte’s, and terns (mostly Forster’s) here, too. The pines around the shoreline (including many mature Longleaf pines) are uncommonly good for locating Red-headed Woodpeckers.

There are several Purple Martin “condos” near the shoreline, and martins are easy to see here from March through August. Barn and Rough-winged swallows are also common from spring through fall. Tree, Cliff, and Bank Swallows can be seen during migration. Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets near the water throughout the year, and other large waders, from Snowy Egrets to Little Blue Herons to White Ibis and night herons primarily in late summer and autumn. Northern Parula and Yellow-throated Warblers nest here, as do American Redstart. Eastern Phoebes are common throughout the year, while Great Crested Flycatchers and Eastern Wood Pewees are well represented from spring through fall.

Wind Creek State Park
4325 Highway 128
Alexander City AL  35010
256-329-0845

For campground or cabin reservations please call 1-256-329-0845 or 1-800-ALA-PARK  Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. or at http://www.alapark.com/windcreek/reservations

http://www.alapark.com/windcreek/

 



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