County lake, new birding platform to be featured on live TV segment


Walker County Lake will be featured on Good Day Alabama's "Red Rock Tuesday" segment with Jeh Jeh Pruitt next week. 

The grand opening of the Rotary Eagle's Nest will be part of the live TV segment, a collaboration between Freshwater Land Trust and FOX6 that highlights outdoor recreation opportunities.

Filming will take place between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Attendees must wear a mask.

The "Red Rock Tuesday" segment typically visits a different segment of the Red Rock Trail System in Jefferson County.

"Freshwater Land Trust offered to highlight Walker County Lake on their next 'Red Rock Tuesday.' It's the first one outside of the Birmingham area," said Elyse Peters, assistant vice president for community impact-Walker County at United Way of Central Alabama.

Freshwater Land Trust works on conservation and trail-building projects in Walker and Jefferson counties as well as six other adjacent counties.

The first part of the segment will focus on general information about the lake.

The second part will feature the archery park. The third segment will be on birding and the final segment will highlight future plans.

The ribbon cutting will take place between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

The platform, which offers a birds-eye view of the lake, has been in the works for over a year. The original plan was to hold a grand opening in April, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed some of the work as well as the ribbon cutting, according to Peters.

After years of being known exclusively as a fishing lake, Walker County Lake has drawn new visitors with expanded recreational opportunities since a master plan was finalized in 2015.

The most recent ribbon cutting was for the archery park, which opened in February 2019. 

The Rotary Eagle's Nest highlights the fact that the lake is part of the West Alabama Birding Trail. The lake is home to a nesting pair of eagles for part of the year.

The birding platform is located approximately a half-mile down the lake's original nature trail, which veers off to the right near the entrance to the lake. 

New signage points the way to the platform.

Funding for the project was provided by Rotary Club of Jasper, Walker County Health Action Partnership and the city of Jasper. A local Boy Scout wove the nest and added benches as part of an Eagle Scout project, according to Peters.