CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala (WIAT)– It’s called the “Crappie Capital of the World” and locals say Weiss Lake earned that name for a reason.
“You can catch crappie here year round,” the owners at Cowan Creek Resort said.
And that’s not all. Weiss Lake is also known to have bass, catfish, and many other Alabama fish.
Cowan Creek Resort rents cabins out to vacationers and fishermen looking to enjoy the outdoors.
They also have boat rentals.
When the sun is shining down and there’s a little chop, the water sparkles in the southern heat.
You can see fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, and other boats cruising the waters; some with tubes and wakeboards in tow.
“I don’t think people realize what all we have out here,” Pamela Hardy said.
Hardy told us about another place a few minutes from the cabins where you can kayak down Terrapine Creek.
We visited No Worries Kayak Rentals and traveled the 5.5 miles down the creek.
The creek flows into the Coosa River, just south of Weiss Lake, and is known as a local attraction.
Lewis Franklin says on the weekends, the creek is full of kayakers and camaraderie. During the weekdays, Franklin says you can relax and enjoy the views.
The trip downstream is a full day adventure, but Franklin says most people come prepared. Kayaks have space for you to load a cooler full of food and drinks, and there are several places along the bank where you can park, picnic, and swim.
Turrepine Creek is crystal clear, and you could guess from its name, is full of soft-shell turtles.
“People ask all the time if I think they’ll see a turtle,” Franklin said. “And I tell them it’s a guarantee.”
Franklin also says floating the creek is family and child-friendly.