Upper Factory Falls and Lower Factory Falls are Class VI and are dangerous

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Water discharges from dams may occur without warning. Evacuate stream immediately if water starts rising. Wear PFD in these waters.

Wading Below Dams

Special hazards exist where waters may rush over spillways and through sluice gates. Many of these operations are automatic and occur without warning.

Spillways and Sluice Gates

Do not enter or tie up structure or anchor in DANGEROUS WATERS immediately below dams. Always wear a PFD when boating.

Boating Below Dams

RECREATION HAZARD AND WATER SAFETY ON RESERVOIRS 

  • Public access to Floatway permitted at designated access points Only.
  • No camping or campfires permitted.
  • Between Hwys. 5 and 241, landing is PROHIBITED, except for emergencies.
  • Coast Guard-approved PFD MUST be worn when floating the stream.
  • Minimum of 4 people or 3 canoes to a group is recommended.
  • Carry spare paddle for each boat and change of clothing  in water proof bag.
  • Upper Factory Falls, CLASS IV. Powerful, difficult, irregular waves. Inspection is MANDATORY.
  • Lower Factory Falls, CLASS VI, Ultimate limit of navigability. Danger of LOSS OF LIFE. Portage on left bank.
  • Releases from Upper Bear Reservoir will be made to provide adequate flow on all weekends and holidays, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Releases will begin each Saturday at 6 a.m. Central time and shut off at 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Bear Creek Floatway

The Floatway is considered a Class I course with exceptions. Take Special Note -- Upper Factory Falls and Lower Factory Falls are Class VI and are dangerous.

Releases from Upper Bear Creek Reservoir are made to provide adequate flow on all weekends and holidays, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Releases shut off at 4 p.m. on Sunday. If traveling long distances, please call ahead to check current conditions at 1-800-882-5263.

The Bear Creek Floatway is considered one of the best trips canoeist can take in Alabama. Access is allowed at designated points only.

Bear Creek Floatway