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fishermen on dannelly reservoir at roland cooper state park in alabama

Fishing at Roland Cooper State Park. Photo: Park Facebook page

Roland Cooper State Park lies within a majestic pine forest on the eastern shores of the Dannelly Reservoir, only 6 miles north of Camden in Wilcox County.

This 236 acre public recreation area is only a 2 hour drive from the large cities of Montgomery, Mobile and Selma.

The 22,000 acre lake, known locally as Miller’s Ferry Reservoir, is an impoundment of the Alabama River and considered to be a prime fishing spot.

Anglers come year round to catch largemouth bass and other native fish at this Alabama park, while also enjoying boating, camping and birdwatching.


Visit for a day or spend a few nights, you won’t be disappointed. Explore, enjoy the water or have a picnic and play.

The day use area, also the primitive camping section of the park, has picnic tables, grills, a playground and basketball and volleyball courts.

A nearby pavilion is available for rent and has tables, a fireplace and spectacular views of the lake. This is a picturesque spot for a large gathering or special event.

Fishing at Roland Cooper State Park

fishermen in a boat at roland cooper state park in alabamaFishing is probably the most popular activity at Roland Cooper State Park. Here you can fish directly from your boat or find a comfy spot on the shore or near your campsite.

The largemouth bass are said to be no smaller than 3 pounds and crappie, catfish and bream are also plentiful here.

Tournaments are held throughout the year to see who can catch the most fish from this abundant lake.

Remember to pick up a fishing license on your way in. You can purchase one online here.

Boating at Roland Cooper State Park

Enjoy a peaceful day on the lake – kayak, canoe, tube or water ski. Put your craft into the water from the shore or from one of the convenient boat launches.

A marina is also located inside of the park and has boat rentals of kayaks and flat bottom aluminum motor boats. Each person inside of the boat must have a life jacket and children under the age of 8 are required to wear one at all times while boating.

Swimming at Roland Cooper State Park

There isn’t a designated swimming beach or area within Roland Cooper State Park but swimming is best in the main channel of the river. Be aware though that swimming from your boat is not permitted.

Trails at Roland Cooper State Park

There are 2 multi-use trails at Roland Cooper State Park. These trails are ideal for walking, hiking or bicycling through the lush green bushes and plants inside the heavily wooded park.

One of these trails is the Chipmunk Trail, a .9 mile easy path that winds through the woods and overlooks the river.

If you’re hoping to explore more trails and don’t mind a bit of a drive to get to them then head over to the Alabama Nature Center 85 miles north of the park.

This wildlife and safari park is located at 3050 Lanark Rd in Millbrook. There’s over 5 miles of trails and boardwalks inside this park and 350 acres of forest, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds to explore.

Wildlife at Roland Cooper State Park

Roland Cooper State park lies on the Alabama Black Belt Birding Trail, named for the rich dark soil found along the rivers.

It is considered to be a birder’s paradise with many species of raptor, waterfowl and songbird. Bald eagles, osprey and wild turkey are a common sight year round.

While relaxing in the park or walking along the trail you’ll more than likely see squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons and opossum. And you may see a few different types of snakes as well.

Lodging at Roland Cooper State Park

Roland Cooper State Park has both campsites and cabins to choose from when planning your stay inside of the park. Be aware that the park requires a 2-night minimum stay for all reservations.

Choose from one of the 55 improved campsites with full hookups (water, electric and sewer).

Each of these spacious paved sites has a picnic table and grill. Bathhouses, a camp store and camper storage is conveniently located nearby for easy access.

Another 15 primitive tent-only campsites are available if you’re more interested in a rustic camping experience. These sites each have a picnic table, grill and fire ring but no water, electric or sewer connections.

Water and restrooms are located close by though and while camping in this area you will have access to the main bathhouse located in the improved camping area.

The park also has 12 cabins available for rent. All cabins are fully furnished and spread throughout the park, some with views of the water. Cabins sleep 4-6 and rollaway beds are available for rent in the park office.

You can choose to stay in one of the 6 older cabins, or in one of the 6 new ‘tiny’ cabins. See the official park page (linked below) for more details.

Some cabins are pet friendly for an additional fee of $25 per night. And one cabin is fully handicapped accessible. If interested in either make sure to specify when making reservations.

All cabins have full kitchens including utensils and cookware plus a tv and heat and air conditioning. You will need to bring your own towels and bed linens.

Pets at Roland Cooper State Park

Pets must be leashed but are allowed throughout the park except in certain designated signed areas. There is an additional $25 fee for dogs if you’re staying in one of the pet friendly cabins.

Attractions Near Roland Cooper State Park

If you’re interested in experiencing some of the local culture take a drive into Camden and visit the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center at 209 Claiborne St.

If crafting is your thing, you can learn more about the local quilters who produce internationally celebrated quilts at nearby Gee’s Bend.

Searching for more opportunities to hike, boat, fish or camp? Check out one of these two nearby state parks. Both are about an hour’s drive from Roland Cooper State Park.

  • Paul Grist State Park – located at 1546 Grist Rd in Selma
  • Chickasaw State Park – located at 26955 US Hwy 43 in Gallion

If you’re hoping to get some shopping and dining in during your visit then head over to Montgomery, Mobile, or Selma – all within a 2-hour drive of Roland Cooper State Park:

Park Location

Roland Cooper State Park
285 Deer Run Dr Camden, AL 36726
Phone: 334.682.4838




Here is a short YouTube video showcasing the camping and several attractions at Roland Cooper State Park: