Hatchet Creek

ALABAMA


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2.78 FEET
5/17/2022
Flood Stage: 0.0
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BoatUS Consumer Alert: Be Wary of Any Letter Arriving by U.S. Mail Offering U.S. Coast Guard Documentation Renewal

BoatUS News

Date: 5/12/2022

Official-looking vessel documentation renewal notices can lead to confusion and higher costs Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising boaters with vessels that have a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by U.S. mail offering renewal. BoatUS advises

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How to Spray Gelcoat On A Boat Using a Preval Sprayer

BoatUS News

Date: 5/12/2022

Have a large area of gelcoat that needs to be repaired on your boat? Spraying gelcoat may be the best method for applying it. BoatUS Magazine contributing editor Mark Corke shows you how to prepare the area on your boat that you want to repair, how to mix up the gelcoat, apply it with a disposable sprayer, and finish

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Ray Scott, The Founder of Bassmaster, has passed away

Bassmaster

Date: 5/9/2022

Ray Scott passed away on Sunday May 8 at around 11:30 p.m. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. Scott was 88 years old. Scott founded the first national professional bass fishing circuit, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, in 1967 and the following year founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — B

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Tap Into a BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant To Improve Local Waterways and Support Boating Safety

BoatUS News

Date: 5/7/2022

Does your local organization or group wish to keep waters clean or improve boating safety and could use some money to make it happen? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 each to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics

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How Does the BoatUS App Shorten On-Water Response Times from TowBoatUS?

BoatUS News

Date: 5/1/2022

When boats break down or run aground, many recreational boaters use the free BoatUS App to request TowBoatUS on-water assistance. It’s the only on-water towing app with the ability to link the captain of a recreational boat with the closest local TowBoatUS towing captain, eliminating the need to call to BoatUS

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• Length: 40 Miles
Hatchet Creek begins in the Talladega National Forest in Clay County, flows through Coosa County, and eventually empties into Mitchell Reservoir on the Coosa River. The creek drains 422 square miles, runs for approximately 40 miles, and drops over 400 feet in elevation. The watershed is secluded and heavily forested, and offers stunning scenery to outdoor adventurists. Rare Cahaba lilies are present in many shallow water areas of the creek.

Along its span, there are numerous shoals and whitewater areas, especially during periods of adequate rainfall. Experienced canoeists and kayakers consider the creek to be of moderate difficulty, although some areas require skill to maneuver. When floating the creek at flows of less than around 400 cfs, boaters should be prepared to drag their vessel over rocks and shallow flats. Flows are typically the lowest during the summer months and highest in the late winter and early spring.

Hatchet Creek in the WinterThe creek offers a nice getaway for individuals or groups who wish to stay away from the more crowded whitewater creeks and rivers. Canoe put-in and take-out locations are at: 1) County Road 4 Bridge near East Mill; 2) Highway 280 Bridge near Goodwater; 3) Highway 231 Bridge north of Rockford; 4) Highway 29 Bridge north of Kelley’s Crossroads. In order to flow the entire length of the creek, overnight gear should be taken; however, short stretches of the creek like the portion between Highway 280 and Highway 231 can be done easily in one day.

The land on the bottom of the stream and land adjacent to the stream may be privately owned, and permission must be obtained from the landowner prior to crossing or wading these areas. Limited access can be obtained from county road bridge right-of-ways crossing the creek.

Aquatic biodiversity in Hatchet Creek is excellent, as 61 species of fish and 12 species of snails call the creek home, including the federally threatened Tulotoma snail. It offers reasonably good angling opportunities, but its popularity has lessened over the years. The primitive campground on Hatchet Creek north of Kelley’s Crossroads was once a very popular spring fishing site for white bass, as well as other species such as the southern walleye.

Restoration efforts for the southern walleye are currently ongoing by Fisheries Section biologists. The collection of walleye broodfish typically takes place during the month of February. These fish are used by hatchery personnel for spawning and restocking purposes. Few walleye are being collected.

Other popular game fish that are found in flowing portions of Hatchet Creek include largemouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), longear sunfish, and redbreast sunfish.
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