Cullman Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 37

“It’s a good place to go and escape...” KIM STRIKER A duck soars into the blue sky above the Duck River Reservoir. CULLMAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY source for Cullman for the next 100 years, is growing in popularity with its fishing and recreational opportunities. Located a few miles east of Cullman off U.S. 278, the res- ervoir is becoming a hotspot for crappie and bass fishing, and its hiking and biking trails are attract- ing a crowd of their own. Surrounding the reservoir is a 20-mile loop of natural surface trail for walking or biking, enticing visitors from outside of Cullman. Cullman Economic Develop- ment project coordinator Susan Eller said there have been many people and bicycle teams from around Alabama to ride the trails. Bass fishing is permitted on a catch-and-release basis, but anglers can catch 30 crappies over nine inches per day, 20 bream per day with no size limit and unlimited catfish. Anglers are required to have a reservoir fishing permit. The annual permit is free, and can be found at the Duck River Reser- voir’s Facebook page or at the City of Cullman’s website at cullmanal. gov. The reservoir features two public boat launches, with the east side launch area off County Road 1647 and the west wide launch and Duck River Reservoir 650 acres 32 million gallons of water daily capacity Duck River recommended as site in 2002 History: U.S Army Corps of Engineers completes design, 2010 Construction completed in 2015 Recreation trails & fishing developed Cost: More than $50 million Cullman magazine | SUMMER 2019 37