The Tallapoosa watershed is one of Georgia’s 14 major watersheds. The Tallapoosa River begins about 40 miles west of Atlanta near the Haralson / Paulding county line and flows southwesterly through hilly terrain for about 45 miles in Georgia before entering Alabama. It merges with the Coosa River 18 miles northeast of Montgomery to form the Alabama River; the Alabama River merges with the Tombigbee north of Mobile to form the Mobile River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay. Read a Tallapoosa River Paddling Guide
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The Tallapoosa Watershed System
The Tallapoosa drains about 720 square miles in Georgia. From the Georgia state line, the Tallapoosa flows about 213 miles in Alabama to merge with the Coosa River about 18 miles northeast of Montgomery and become the Alabama River. The Alabama River flows 314 miles southwest to join the Tombigbee River and become the Mobile River. The Mobile River flows 45 miles south to enter the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay. Total distance from the headwaters of the Tallapoosa to Mobile Bay is about 617 miles.
How the Tallapoosa River Got Its Name
The exact meaning of this Creek Indian word is unknown, but it may have come from the Choctaw word tali, meaning rock, and pushi, meaning crushed or pulverized.
Tallapoosa Watershed Experiences
Listed below are locations where you can see or experience the Tallapoosa Watershed.
This West Georgia park is known for having the largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park and it appeals to water lovers looking for boating and fishing opportunities. The park is named for a local businessman who operated the property as a private park from 1954 until 1971.
The Tallapoosa Watershed Connection: The outflow from the park’s lakes travels down Camp Creek to the Little Tallapoosa River. The Little Tallapoosa merges with the Tallapoosa River at Lake Wedowee in Alabama. The Tallapoosa joins the Coosa near Montgomery to form the Alabama River. When the Alabama meets the Tombigbee, it becomes the Mobile River and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay.