Picturesque Lakepoint Resort State Park is located on the banks of Lake Eufaula, approximately 6 miles north of downtown Eufaula.
At more than 1,200 acres, Lakepoint has the space to accommodate numerous functions – including conventions, fishing tournaments, family reunions and weddings – in one of the areas most beautiful settings.
The lodge at Lakepoint houses 101 hotel rooms, convention space for up to 1,000 guests and the only on-water dining at the lake, The Water’s Edge restaurant. The park also features 10 lakeside cottages, 29 cabins, 192 camp sites and 200 boat slips.
With so many amenities for out of town guests, Lakepoint General Manager Sharon Matherne said the facility stays busy all year round.
“We host conventions, weddings and family reunions nearly every weekend,” said Matherne. “We do a lot of reunions because we are in a perfect spot for families that have folks in south Alabama or Florida, and in Georgia or north Alabama. We host too many reunions to count, and average about 95 weddings a year.”
While many out-of-towners visit and enjoy all that Lakepoint has to offer, there is plenty to do for locals as well.
Numerous fishing piers dot the shoreline, and the Lakepoint Marina offers a double-lane boat ramp, dock and store to meet the needs of all anglers. In addition to the fishing, Lakepoint has hiking and picnic areas that are open to the public.
“You can sit right here in this restaurant and see it,” Matherne said pointing towards the water. “There are people fishing here, and over there on the bank. We have people come out and enjoy the picnic areas, swings, playground, biking and walking trails and more. The community residents come out and enjoy the park, and we love to have them.
Lakepoint is one of just a handful of “resort” state parks in Alabama. Many of Alabama state parks are strictly day-use areas or campgrounds, and others offer some selected amenities.
Lakepoint, along with Guntersville State Park in north Alabama and Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, offer a little bit of everything. Being able to offer the area so many different things to do at one location brings Matherne a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
She works 11-hour days most of the time and enjoys every minute of it.
“I hit the ground at 6:30 in the morning,” Matherne said. “I meet with park personnel to get our day and projects set, then I come here to the lodge and work until 5:30 or 6:00 on slow days. To me, my job is the best job to have. Every day is different, and every event is different. I get to meet people from all over the country, and I love being able to work in a job that allows me to do that.”
For more information on Lakepoint Resort State Park, visit www.alapark.com.