Sylacauga Parks & Recreation

Lake Howard

Lake Howard

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Hiking & Biking on the Sylaward Trail


Fishing Regulations

  1. Fishing By PERMIT ONLY.
     
    There are two types of permits:
     
    ANNUAL PERMITS
    • Blue Card
    • Valid Date of Purchase for one year
    • Cost $25.00 per person
    • Each person must have their own permit
    • Senior Citizens (over 65 & over) may receive a free annual permit
    • Annual Permit includes FREE BOAT LAUNCH

    DAILY PERMITS

    • Comes with the envelope
    • Valid for one day only
    • Purchased from staff members or use drop box (Honor System)
    • Cost is $2.00 per person per day
    • Each person must have their own permit
    • Daily permits do not include boat launch fee
    • No Senior Citizen discount on daily permits
  2. Boat Launch Fee – $2.00.
  3. Children under 12 years of age can fish without a Permit but must be accompanied by a PERMITTED ADULT.
  4. Employees of the City of Sylacauga (full-time) can receive an annual permit for FREE.
  5. Lake Howard is closed on MONDAYS.
  6. Gate will be open at sunrise. Gate will be locked 1/2 hour after sunset.
  7. Fishing Permits must be presented to the State Conservation Officer or Lake Howard Recreational Authority, Inc representative.
  8. There will be a “NO WAKE SPEED ONLY” (State Conservation Officer exempt).
  9. Fish limits and safety regulations established by the State will be vigorously enforced.
  10. No fishing will be allowed thirty minutes before sunrise or thirty minutes after sunset.
  11. The following activities are positively prohibited on the Lake or surrounding property:
    • NO SWIMMING OR SKIING
    • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
    • NO HUNTING OR FIREARMS
    • NO PARKING IN BOAT RAMP AREA
    • NO SEADOOS
    • NO ATVs ALLOWED ON LAKE PROPERTY
  12. Trash containers are provided at ramp areas. All cans, bottles, paper, and other trash are to be deposited in these containers.
  13. A Fishing Committee will be patrolling the Lake daily to assure regulations are not violated
  14. The failure of fisherman to comply with the above rules will result in the Lake Howard Recreational Authority, Inc. revoking his/her permit.
  15. Fishing season may be closed at any time at the direction of the Lake Howard Recreational Authority.
  16. Special Events must have written approval from the Lake Howard Recreational Authority, Inc.
  17. Boat storage fee of $100 maximum annually.

Sylaward Trail at Lake Howard


A fourteen plus mile bike and hiking trail winds through the Talladega National Forest with multiple loops for long and short walks and bike rides.

The trail is a somewhat level surface with enough hills to make it interesting. The views and wildlife opportunities are numerous.

You can’t believe you are just outside the city limits of Sylacauga.

Check here for important info
For Game Cancellations, call the SPORTS information line, 256-401-1880