Lake Yahou Park Gets Official Welcome

One month after the original grand opening ceremony was cancelled due to inclement weather, Lake Yahou Park was finally inaugurated as a redeveloped site by McClellan Development Authority, the City of Anniston, and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park on June 23, 2022.

The ceremony featured prominent local leaders, including Jack Draper, Mayor of Anniston; Steven Folks, Anniston City Manager; Don Killingsworth, Jr., Chairman of Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce; Terry Smiley, Vice President of Alabama Power Eastern Division; Jay Jenkins, Anniston Councilman; Ciera Smith, Anniston Councilwoman; Millie Harris, Anniston Councilwoman; and Danny Shears, Calhoun County Commissioner.

In her opening remarks, MDA Director Julie Moss thanked several people and organizations for their help in restoring Lake Yahou Park: Former MDA Property Manager Van Roberts, Former MDA Board Member Bill Robinson, MDA Board Member Freeman Fite, Terraworks Tree & Land Services, Woodard Brothers Grading, FlowMotion Trail Builders, Gate Builders, I Need A Sign, and the MDA staff and maintenance crew.

Although the ribbon cutting was postponed, the MDA began selling fishing licenses for Lake Yahou Park, as scheduled, on May 23, 2022. To date, over 400 fishing licenses have been sold! Those who still need a fishing license can visit the MDA office at 4875 Bains Gap Rd, Anniston, AL during office hours Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. They are $5 cash only and require a valid driver’s license.

Lake Yahou Park is located just off the HWY 431 Anniston Eastern Bypass onto Iron Mountain Rd. Visitors can also find it on Google Maps.

To learn more about Lake Yahou Park, view our digital brochure.