The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Alabama Power to build a generating plant at Bankhead Lock and Dam nearly 40 years ago. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns the dam, while Alabama Power owns and maintains the generating plant. Bankhead generating plant is a part of the Black Warrior River Project which includes the Lewis Smith development. The powerhouse and dam were named for Senator Hollis Bankhead, a proponent of hydroelectricity.
For lake levels, fishing spots and important information about Bankhead Lake, visit Alabama Power Shorelines.