By Josh Bean
EUFAULA, Ala. – What was once a golf course has been transformed into something new and exciting at Lakepoint State Park.
State park officials, local government officials and members of the business community gathered Thursday for a dedication ceremony to officially open Lakepoint State Park’s new all-terrain vehicle course, located on land once occupied by the park’s former golf course.
“Lakepoint State Park has an excellent reputation as a family-friendly fishing destination, and we want to bring new amenities to the park that will enhance the overall guest experience,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “The delivery of this new ORV course here in Lakepoint is another example of expanding our offering to a growing outdoor recreation segment, and if you enjoy a more relaxing golf cart ride, you can also take a ride on our new motorized nature trail. “
Known as “The Bass Capital of the World,” Lake Eufaula draws thousands of visitors to Lakepoint State Park each year. Park officials are working hard to improve our parking system, renovate our existing facilities, and provide new amenities to keep these visitors coming back for more.
“Recently, Alabama State Park was able to renovate 10 cabins and we are in the process of renovating another 10 cabins,” said Greg Lein, director of Alabama State Parks. “Our cabins and lodges are a great way to enjoy our parks when you don’t have an RV.”
The establishment of the off-road vehicle course and motorized nature trail woven into the campground provide additional amenities for visitors to Lakepoint State Park. A grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs helped fund projects at Lakepoint.
State park officials are working to secure off-road side-by-side vehicles that can be rented for use of the course. For now, visitors must provide their own vehicle to use it.
JR Burke of Polaris spoke and the company also provided recreational SUVs for Thursday’s ceremony. Polaris has a manufacturing facility in Huntsville, where the company’s popular Ranger and RZR SUVs roll off the assembly line.
The official opening of Lakepoint’s ORV course continues a string of positive news for the state parks system, including the recent expansion of Oak Mountain State Park and voter approval of an $85 bond issue to fund improvements at state Parks and State Historic Sites.
About Lakepoint State Park
Located on the shores of 45,000 acre Lake Eufaula, Lakepoint offers a variety of amenities including a full service restaurant and lounge, marina, hiking trails, modern campground, swimming complex, tennis courts and playgrounds. The park’s showpiece is the Lakepoint Resort Lodge and Convention Center, which includes 101 hotel rooms, and the park also offers 29 cabins, 10 lakeside cottages, and 192 improved campgrounds. Known as the “Perch Capital of the World,” Lake Eufaula draws anglers of all ages to the park’s access to one of America’s premier fisheries. Learn more at https://www.alapark.com/parks/lakepoint-state-park
About Alabama’s State Parks System
A division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama State Parks maintains 21 state parks covering approximately 48,000 acres of land and water in Alabama. Ranging from the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, the parks offer opportunities and amenities from simple day activities to convention lodging, restaurants and golf courses. These parks rely on visitor fees and support from other partners, such as local communities, to fund the majority of their operations. Make reservations at www.alapark.com/online-reservations and learn more at www.alapark.com. Partners pay the way.