Lake Information & Safety
Hydroelectric Energy, Recreational Opportunities
Gantt and Point A lakes near Gantt, Alabama, have offered recreational opportunities for generations, and they are an integral part of PowerSouth’s history. The Conecuh River and Patsiliga Creek flow through the lakes.
Built on the site of a former grist mill by E.L. More’s River Falls Power Company, the Gantt hydroelectric dam generated its first kilowatt in 1924. A second plant, named Point A Dam for the preferred site designated in an engineering study, began operations in 1926. After the devastating flood of 1929, which completely destroyed both dams, the dams were rebuilt as they stand today.
PowerSouth (then Alabama Electric Cooperative) purchased the facilities in 1944, as the cooperative’s first generating assets. Today, the hydroelectric power plants continue to safely provide reliable, economical energy for members.
Surface area: 2,747 acres
Elevation: 196.7 feet mean sea level
Point A Lake
Surface area: 700 acres
Elevation: 170 feet mean sea level
Recreational Facilities information
There are 9 recreation sites available to the public on PowerSouth’s Gantt and Point A Lakes. PowerSouth is proud to make these facilities available to residents and visitors of Covington County. PowerSouth works closely with the Covington County Commission, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be a good steward of the land and to protect the lakes and surrounding environment. Please help us keep the lakes clean for all to enjoy and remember the following while enjoying the lakes and PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities:
If you carry anything into PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities, please dispose of it appropriately in the trash receptacles provided. If there are no trash receptacles available, please take your trash with you.
Hours of operation are from dawn to dusk. No overnight camping is allowed except for the designated areas at Point A Campground. Visit pointalake.com to make your reservation.
PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities are not to be used for any immoral or illegal purpose. These facilities are intended for wholesome recreational uses only. It also may not be used for commercial purposes.
Do not use any fireworks, fire pits, explosives or flammable devices at PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities.
WARNING: Water conditions in this area are subject to change without further notice. Life jackets should be worn at all times when entering the lakes or the river below Gantt and Point A dams. To ensure your safety, follow all posted signs pertaining to the lakes and PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities. Please review PowerSouth’s Lake Information – Safety section on this page for more information.
PowerSouth holds property rights from the shoreline of Point A and Gantt Lakes lakeward. Prior to constructing, altering or adding to any structure to the shoreline or lakebed or altering the shoreline itself, property owners must obtain a permit from PowerSouth. All current property owners should maintain and display a current PowerSouth permit on any shoreline structure. To begin the application process or check the status of your permit, please contact PowerSouth's Land Management Department at (334) 427-3000.
Because PowerSouth operates its hydroelectric dams by “run-of-the-river” procedure, there is no posted generation schedule.
Simply put, the water that flows into the lakes from the Conecuh River and Patsiliga Creek is allowed to pass through the dams. This means that lake and river levels may fluctuate with river flow – please bear in mind that seasonally dry or wet weather often impacts the natural flow of the river.
Follow these links to view river flow conditions: