Alabama Power Company requires a permit prior to doing any construction or maintenance along the Lake Mitchell shoreline. This applies to seawalls, piers, boathouses and any other structures along the shoreline.
HOBO promotes safe and courteous boating practices. Be mindful of your wake and its potential damage to shoreline and seawalls. Remember tubing safety relies primarily on the boat driver - the tube riders cannot control their direction. Boats pulling skiers have right-of-way over other boats.
Lake Mitchell was created in 1921. It lies on the Coosa River near Clanton, Alabama. Mitchell Dam is the second oldest of 14 Alabama Power Company hydroelectric generating plants. The dam was named for James Mitchell, Alabama Power president from 1912 to 1920. Lake Mitchell covers 5,850 acres on the Coosa River, is approximately 15 miles long from Lay Dam on the north end of the lake to Mitchell Dam on the south end of the lake, and has 147 miles of shoreline.
Invasive Aquatic Plants
One of the big concerns for the health of the lake is to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic plants. Invasive plants can be a real threat to native plants and aquatic animals. It is important to notify Alabama Power Company at 1-800-LAKES-11 to report problems with invasive plants.
The health of any lake depends upon its water quality. HOBO volunteers regularly test the water for dissolved oxygen levels, pH, temperature and other parameters to monitor the status of Lake Mitchell.