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
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.