Visit Roland Cooper State Park
on the Dannelly Reservoir Otto and Bernice Sharp, left, visit with Sarah Byrd and her
sister-in-law Pat Byrd. They are part of a larger group of
By Kim G. Nix, Managing Editor friends who camp together every year.
ucked among the tall pines of Harold and Sarah Byrd of Citronelle views of the reservoir and a variety of
Wilcox County near Camden is have been camping at Roland Cooper wildlife viewing – deer, turkey, squirrels
Roland Cooper State Park. At 236 for 14 years. It’s become their second and many different kinds of birds are
acres, it’s one of Alabama’s smaller state home since they camp there two or three just a few species golfers might see.
parks, but offers many amenities found months in the spring and at least one
at larger parks. month in the fall. Over the years they’ve
Roland Cooper lies on the banks of met several other couples who have the Other Amenities
the William B. Dannelly Reservoir, a same schedule. The group became fast A large pavilion with a fireplace can
popular destination for anglers. Many friends. “We sit around the fire at night accommodate family reunions, clubs
who come to fish the reservoir stay over- and have potluck suppers,” said Sarah. and other groups. Day users will find the
night at Roland Cooper State Park. The “All the men really love to fish, and we picnic area, playground and hiking trail
park’s two boat ramps allow easy access all do a lot of walking.” perfect for family outings.
for anglers staying in the park. To Sarah, staying at Roland Cooper Whether you’re in the area for just
has done more than introduce her to a day or you plan to camp for three
new friends. After a bout with cancer last months, Roland Cooper State Park has
Camping and Cabins year, she found the best medicine was something to offer. Visit and experience
The park features 47 improved to be outdoors and camp at their this quiet retreat for yourself!
campsites and 13 unimproved sites. The home away from home. “It healed
improved campsites have a paved park- my body and my mind,” she said.
ing slab, picnic table, grill, and hookups “It’s just really special,” she says of
for water, electricity and sewer. Campers Roland Cooper State Park
Roland Cooper. One of the reasons 285 Deer Run Dr.
have access to four bathhouses, one of she likes the park is that it’s not Camden, AL 36726
which contains laundry facilities. too large. Everything is within easy 334-682-4838
Five two-bedroom cabins are avail- walking distance including the
able for those who don’t wish to camp. nature trail, camp store and golf Located 6 miles from Camden, Alabama, 28
The cabins are fully furnished with course. However, the individual miles south of Selma, off Highway 41.
linens, a kitchen and cooking utensils. A campsites are large. “They’re very
view of the reservoir can be seen from Camping/Lodging/Picnicking
spacious compared to other parks,” Improved Campsites: $16.64 per night
the back porches of the cabins, and a Sarah notes.
boat dock is accessible for each cabin. Primitive Campsites: $8.32 per night
Camper Storage: $1 per day
Golf Course Cabin Rates (1-4 persons): $72.80 per night
A nine-hole golf course is open Pavilion: $100 per day
seven days a week. Golf Course Green Fees
Attendant Sharon Daily says 9 Holes: $11 /with cart $16
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 18 Holes: $15 /with cart $23
are usually busiest. People are All Prices Subject to Change
attracted to this course because it’s
small and easy to walk. “You don’t
have to play 18 holes,” Sharon said.
“You have a choice of playing nine
or 18.” The course offers scenic
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