- Holt Lake is a narrow winding body of water which stretches for 18 miles and encompasses 3,200 surface acres. Holt Lake was formed by the damming of the Black Warrior River at mile 347.0. Construction of the lock and dam was completed in 1966.
Holt Lake offers six Corps operated day use parks for use by the public. There are facilities for boaters, swimmers, hikers, sightseers and picnickers. At some of the parks, there are picnic shelters for individuals or large groups. These shelters may be reserved in advance by calling (205) 553-9373 or (205) 554-1684.
Bald eagles visit the lake in the winter. It is not unusual to spot the majestic birds along and above the lake shore from November to February.
Recreation - Recreational development provides opportunities for water related and other outdoor recreation for the public. Corps managed facilities include camping areas from primitive to highly developed with park attendants for security and information, water and electric hookups, and a camper
washhouse. For the day user, there are several areas with facilities for boaters, swimmers, picnickers, hikers, and sightseers. There are two privately manage marinas on Holt Lake for boat docking and storage.
Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
The lake lies 6 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.