Lake Information & Safety

Gantt and Point A lakes near Gantt, Alabama, have not only offered recreational opportunities for generations, they are also 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 these facilities in 1944, as the cooperative’s first generating assets. Today, the hydroelectric power plants continue to provide reliable and economical energy for PowerSouth’s members.

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For more information, contact PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000 or info@powersouth.com.

Gantt Lake Dam and power station

Lake Specifics

Gantt Lake
Surface area: 2,747 acres
Elevation: ~196.7 feet mean sea level
Topographical Map (PDF)

Point A Lake
Surface area: 700 acres
Elevation: 170 feet mean sea level
Topographical Map (PDF)

Lake Safety

Safety is PowerSouth’s number-one value. When enjoying the recreational opportunities at Gantt and Point A lakes, please do so with safety as your top priority.

  • Be aware that the generation schedule for PowerSouth’s hydroelectric dams and subsequent water releases from the dams are subject to change without notice.
  • Never approach the dam or powerhouse.
  • Areas above and below the dams are hazardous due to turbulent water conditions.
  • Be alert at all times for changing water levels and conditions such as strong undercurrents and turbulent or swirling water.
  • Water currents are unpredictable.
  • Beware of submerged hazards, slippery surfaces and rapidly rising water.
  • Obey all boating safety laws.
  • Excavation and/or digging in the lake bed is strictly prohibited.
  • Use of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s recreational facilities and entrance into the waters of the lakes is at your own risk.  PowerSouth Energy Cooperative will not be held liable for any hazardous conditions that may exist on the premises, any accidents that may occur, injury to persons or damage to property while you are visiting PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities.  Any conditions that you believe may be hazardous should be reported immediately to PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000.

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For more information, contact PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000 or info@powersouth.com.

Lake and water safety

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:

  • WARNING: Water conditions in this area are subject to change without further notice. Life jackets should be worn at all times when entering 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.
  • No Littering! 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. Please see www.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 and may not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Do not use any fireworks, fire pits, explosives or flammable devices at PowerSouth’s recreational facilities.
  • Use of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s recreational facilities and entrance into the waters of the lakes is at your own risk.  PowerSouth Energy Cooperative will not be held liable for any hazardous conditions that may exist on the premises, any accidents that may occur, injury to persons or damage to property while you are visiting PowerSouth’s Recreational Facilities.  Any conditions that you believe may be hazardous should be reported immediately to PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000.

Point A Lake Facilities

Point A Lake Fishing Pier
The Point A Lake Fishing Pier is handicap accessible.  Adjacent to the pier are several sheltered picnic tables and a boat ramp.  The Point A Lake Fishing Pier is located at the end of Boat Landing Road.

Patsaliga Creek Boat Launch
The Patsaliga Creek Boat Launch has a boat launch and fishing pier and is located on Point A Road.

Tailrace Fishing Pier
The Tailrace Fishing Pier is found on the west side of the Point A Dam at the end of Stokes Road.

Point A Nature Trail
The Point A Nature Trail is located on the east side of the Point A Dam.  The trail is approximately one mile long and has scenic views of Point A Dam and the Conecuh River.  There are picnic areas available along the trail.

Gantt Lake Facilities

Indigo Creek Boat Launch
Indigo Creek Boat Launch is a graveled, public boat ramp found on the east side of Gantt Lake on Indigo Loop Road.

Clearview Boat Ramp
Clearview Boat Ramp is located on the west side of Gantt Lake off of Highway 29 North.  The Clearview Boat Ramp is a paved ramp with ample parking.

Other Available Facilities

Point A Lodge
Due to COVID-19, Point A Lodge is currently closed to the public.

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s Point A Lodge is a facility available for rent to the community.  The Point A Lodge features a kitchen, bathroom facilities, and large gathering room ideal for family reunions and corporate events.  There are two RV electrical hook-ups available on the Point A Lodge premises for an additional fee; one 30 amp hook-up and one 50 amp hook-up. For more information on rental fees and how to reserve the Point A Lodge, please call PowerSouth Headquarters at (334) 427-3000 and ask to speak with the Safety Department.

Point A Park Day Use Facility and Point A Campground
In 1974, PowerSouth partnered with the Covington County Commission through a long-term easement to establish Point A Park Day Use Facility and Point A Campground.  Currently, Point A Park Day Use Facility and Point A Campground are managed by a third party.

Point A Park Day Use Facility (also known as Kiwanis Island) is located on Point A Lake off of Point A Road.  Point A Park Day Use Facility offers a boat launch, boat dock, fishing pier, parking area, covered picnic area, restrooms and sandy beach area.  The Point A Campground offers RV camp sites and tent camp sites for rent.

For more information on the Point A Park Day Use Facility and Point A Campground, please visit www.pointalake.com.

Property Owners

PowerSouth holds property rights from the shoreline of Point A and Gantt Lakes lakeward. Property owners must obtain a permit before constructing, changing or adding to any structures on the shoreline, as well as the shoreline itself.

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For more information, contact PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000 or info@powersouth.com.

Property Owners Pier going into the lake

River Levels

PowerSouth is required to maintain lake levels within a one-foot range, which is measured at the dams. 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.

Because PowerSouth operates its hydroelectric dams by this “run-of-the-river” procedure, there is no posted generation schedule.

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For more information, contact PowerSouth at (334) 427-3000 or info@powersouth.com.

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