The City of Tuscaloosa will host the ninth annual Lake Tuscaloosa Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

By Pat Feighery 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is reminding mariners to think safety first for the coming boating season. Locally, boaters are hitting the waters of Lake Tuscaloosa to enjoy the weather - as they'll do throughout the summer. Safety is key, and the Coast Guard Auxillary Flotilla 8 5 is offering a special boating safety class designed to help everyone recognize when a fellow boater is in trouble.

Local officials are investigating reports of an alligator sighting in a Lake Tuscaloosa tributary.

The City of Tuscaloosa on Monday afternoon said it had received “unconfirmed reports” of an alligator in Hamner Creek – which is a tributary of Lake Tuscaloosa.

Lake season is here! Happy Father's Day to everyone. While out celebrating summer, I have noticed quite a few changes on Lake Tuscaloosa. 

There appear to be more boats on the water. The usual brands are accented with new, sporty models that we didn't see as recently as last summer. One I might call a "mini-ship" puttered beside us as we were taking our first dip in the water last month. 

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9. The two-day event features an educational expo for local fourth-grade students and a lake cleanup event open to the public.

Residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas receive their drinking water from Lake Tuscaloosa, which is fed by the North River watershed. Waterfest provides an opportunity for local students and citizens to learn more about protecting and conserving the local water supply.

Maison du Lac is a new, architecturally designed and regulated residential community for high-end, single-family homes located on Lake Tuscaloosa adjacent to the North River Yacht Club. A ground breaking ceremony is planned on Friday for the development, located off of Yacht Club Way NE immediately south of the Yacht Club. Maison du Lac will include approximately 15 high-end, lakefront estate homes and 15 upscale, lakeview town homes. 

A couple of weeks ago, residents around Lake Tuscaloosa noticed that a well-known goose who lives on the lake was injured. Specifically, “Loosie Goosie,” as she’s known to many, had been shot with a bow and arrow – and she was still swimming, arrow intact.

But there’s great news: Loosie Goosie was rescued on Monday, thanks to the efforts of the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s Lake Patrol Officers and area resident Tammy Tierce. She was taken to May Veterinary Clinic, where she was treated for the injury. Tierce will care for Loosie – and says she’s expected to fully recover from her injury.

By Allison Adams

The holidays bring out the list-maker in everyone: What to buy, where to go, things to do, cards to send. So, this December, I have compiled a list of wishes for Lake Tuscaloosa.

I recently joined a real estate company that specializes in lakes with 10 agents across Alabama. Each lake has a representative. I am Lake Tuscaloosa’s “neighborhood” Realtor with Lake Homes Realty.

This past month, we gathered in Birmingham to share tidbits on the great things about the bodies of water on which we live and work. I was not surprised in our meeting when a voice from South Carolina asked, “Wait, Tuscaloosa has a lake?”

Being a positive person (most of the time), I begin with some “blessing counting” that we have such a great resource so close to the University and close to my hometown of Livingston. I don’t have to preach to the choir, but…

Mother Nature is giving Alabamians a spectacular show this fall, as leaves turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and gold. This year’s peak color season arrived a few weeks early, allowing for a stunning display in October and early November. Fall foliage is particularly beautiful around Lake Tuscaloosa right now, as Allison Adams’ photo proves.

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