The annual permit is $30 and offers unlimited use of all Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Hunting, Picnic Tables, Piers, Recreation and Boating areas.

$10 for a three consecutive day permit pass and a daily permit is available for $6 

Campsite fees range from $10 to $20 per night plus tax.
Monthly sites available from $200 to $300 plus tax.

Cabin Information
Bear Creek Lakes now offer resort cabins, sleeping up to 8 persons for the larger units, all units offering the comforts of home including central air and complete kitchens.

 Off season rates start at $85 per night plus tax and cleaning fee. Peak season rates start at $105 per night plus tax and cleaning fee. 
 1 unit is handicap accessible.
​  Prices Subject To Change

Bear Creek Lakes History


The four lakes (Cedar Creek, Little Bear, Upper Bear and Bear Creek) are rated among some of the cleanest recreational waters in the South. The lakes have produced smallmouth over 5-lbs. and largemouth bass over 15-lbs.Persons between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a user's permit to take advantage of the lakes and related facilities.

 Bear Creek Lakes

Pricing & Information

In the late 1960's, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began construction in Northwest Alabama on what is known as the Bear Creek Water Control Project. The project was overseen and is now controlled by the Bear Creek Development Authority or BCDA. Over the years, there have been 15 public use areas developed by the BCDA.

The Bear Creek Water Control Project is a system of four lakes and their surrounding woodlands near Russellville, Alabama, offering trophy fishing, boating, sand beaches, group pavilions, designated swimming areas, hunting, developed camping, picnicking and hiking. A 30-mile canoe float stream is located between Upper Bear and Big Bear Reservoirs. The five campgrounds are open Mid-March through Mid-October and the lakes are open year round.