In accordance with Section 7-11 of the ACT Master Water Control Manual dated May 2015, full navigation channel availability on the Alabama River is dependent upon seasonal flow conditions and channel maintenance. Due to lower flows in the summer and fall, channel availability is decreased during the months of June through November.
Currently, a 13.9ft foot tailwater elevation near Claiborne Lock is required to provide a 9-foot channel on the Alabama River to Montgomery, AL. Tailwater elevations near Claiborne Lock are updated daily and can be viewed at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mob&gage=clba1
Commercial mariners should check water levels daily and schedule lockage appointments by calling the Claiborne Lock Supervisor at (251) 282-4575.
Navigation Bulletins will be issued on an as-needed basis throughout the navigation season. For further information, please contact Chad Brumelow or Anthony Perkins at the BWT/ Alabama-Coosa Project Management Office (CESAM-OP-BA) at (205) 752-3571.