Mulberry Fork

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The Mulberry Fork is a tributary of the Black Warrior River, approximately 100 miles long, in northern Alabama. The Mulberry Fork is one of three forks, along with the Locust and the Sipsey forks, that join to form the Black Warrior. It drains part of the southernmost end of the Appalachian Mountains north and west of Birmingham, in the drainage basin of the Mobile River.

The Mulberry Fork rises in northeastern Cullman County, south of Arab. It flows in tight meanders along a ridge of the foothills, forming the boundary between Cullman and Blount counties. It receives the Sipsey Fork from the northwest approximately 15 miles east of Jasper. In southern Walker County it enters Bankhead Lake reservoir, forming the northernmost arm of the lake, approximately 10 miles long. The confluence with the Locust Fork is now submerged within Bankhead Lake, approximately 25 miles west of Birmingham.

On June 6, 2019 a chicken rendering plant operated by Tyson Foods in Hanceville spilled 220,000 gallons of wastewater from a broken pipe into Dave Young Creek, a tributary of Mulberry Fork, resulting in the death of an estimated 200,000 fish and rendering a 50-mile stretch of the river "unusable" for recreation, fishing or drinking water. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management surveyed the condition of the river and joined with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Attorney General Steve Marshall in a civil suit against Tyson. The case was settled with an agreement for Tyson to pay $1.5 million in restitution to the state and to create a separate $1.5 million fund for projects to benefit Walker and Cullman County.

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Black Warrior River

Bankhead Lock and Dam, Holt Lock and Dam, Oliver Lock and Dam, Lewis Smith Dam, Warrior Lock and Dam


Bankhead Lake, Holt Lake, Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Oliver, Smith Lake, Inland Lake, Highland Lake, Warrior Lake


Blackburn Fork, Locust Fork, Mulberry Fork, North River, Sipsey Fork, Valley Creek, Village Creek