Damsite West Bank Park on the Alabama River near Gosport, AL

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Damsite West Bank is a small park that is owned and managed by the U. S. Corp of Engineers.  It is located northwest of Gosport, AL on the west bank of the Claiborne Lock & Dam.  This is a favorite fishing spot for locals, especially for catfish. The park has an observation deck with a round pavilion that provides a good view of the water overflowing the lock & dam and fishermen casting their lines into the churning water below the dam.  Located just down river from the lock & dam is a large sandbar.  This park contains camping facilities with electricity available for overnight guest. There are also a number of shady picnicking spots in the park. The park is a featured birding site on the Alabama Birding Trails.

Directions: From the intersection of Claiborne Lake Road and Clarke Road 39, go 2.5 miles south on Clarke 39 to 11 Mile Post Road. Go straight on 11 Mile Post Road for 0.4 miles; turn left (east) on West Bank Road, and go 0.8 miles to the park entrance.

Or from US Highway 84 at Gosport (mile marker 58.3), turn north on Gosport Road/Clarke County Road 39 and go 3.6 miles. Turn right on 11 Mile Post Road and go 0.4 miles. Turn left (east) on West Bank Road, and go 0.8 miles to the park entrance.

GPS: 31.614412, -87.554933.

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