Historic Markers Across Alabama

Wedowee, Alabama / RL Harris Reservoir

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: at the Courthouse, 1 Main St S, Wedowee, AL
County: Randolph
Coordinates: N 33° 18.561    W 085° 29.079
  33.30935    -85.48465
Waymark: None


Wedowee, Alabama

Wedowee, which means"old water” in the Creek language, derives its name from a Muscogee Creek Indian chief. Originally settled in the 1830s, Wedowee became the county seat of Randolph County in 1835.

Located on the Piedmont Plateau and considered part of the Appalachians foothills, the early settlers enjoyed the abundance of wildlife and the rich soils. Wedowee remained a small agricultural community throughout most of its history. Its culture continues to be one of small town America allowing its visitors to step back in time and enjoy the peacefulness of Wedowee.

Its recent popularity has come as the result of the lake provided by the impoundment of the Big and Little Tallapoosa Rivers. Better known as Lake Wedowee, it is one of the cleanest lakes in the southeast and draws thousands of visitors to Wedowee every year.

RL Harris Reservoir

Alabama Power began clearing the land for the RL Harris Dam back in November of 1974. Many weather issues and a financial crisis' caused several delays in this huge project however by 1981 final construction had resumed. On October 25, 1982 the massive steel gates were lowered sealing off the sluiceway tunnels and water began to back up behind the dam. By April 1983 both of the two hydro electric generators were in service. .

RL Harris Reservoir, better known as Lake Wedowee, is the six largest Alabama Power lake in the state. It is fed by the Little Tallapoosa and Big Tallapoosa Rivers. It has approximately 10,660 acres of water with over 271 miles of shoreline. The lake is approximately 24 miles long and reaches a maximum depth of 135 feet at the dam.

Lake Wedowee is known as one of the cleanest lakes in the southeast and offers some of the best fishing in Alabama.

End of Wedowee, Alabama / RL Harris Reservoir