The following Marinas usually have 2 pontoon boats each that they rent out.  It is best to call well in advance as they get booked up early each year.  Squirrel has 4 pontoons and would be the most flexible with you.

  1. Squirrel’s Marinahttp://www.squirrelsboatservice.com/

     Call Phillip Thacker or  “Squirrel” at 205-387-8616 or 205-522-3809.  He will treat  you right.  Tell them Rickey Harris referred you.   

2. Trident Marina – Just across the water from Magnolia Manor.  http://www.tridentmarinas.com/

3. There are other Marina’s as well such as Duskin Point  which is near Squirrel’s Marina. 

Canoeing and Hiking

For Canoe Rentals See:

Other local Attractions

Love to fish ?
Lewis Smith Lake has provided several world records in a number of species. The lake has numerous fishing hot spots and you are best served with a GPS system equipped with a Fishing Hot Spots map either embedded or as a loadable chip. The crystal clear water and the heavy fishing will challenge the most skillful angler. Our guests like to leave on the mercury vapor light, and fish at night from the boat house.

Nearby Attractions

Birmingham is only 40 miles away offering The Birmingham Zoo, The Botanical Gardens, The Fine Arts Center, an excellent museum as well as numerous theaters. and a theme park. Nearby Huntsville offers The Space and Rocket Museum. Rickwood caverns is close by as well as The Ave Maria Grotto. Jasper offers several theaters and several excellent restaurants. 

Love Guns ?

Shooting Range.  Just North of Birmingham in Cleveland Alabama.

Phone 205-681-2121.  Email them at greenridgeshootingrange@yahoo.com

Open to the public.  Address is 3221 County Hwy 13, Cleveland, AL  35049.

Water Slides, swimming pools, picnic tables, etc. Smith Lake Park is located about 20 minutes from Magnolia Manor. 

Park Admission: Free

Special Events: $5.00 – Age 5 and under FREE (This per person charge is in addition to all camping fees or cabin rental and includes all park amenities and entertainment)

Pavilions: 7 @ $35.00 and 1 large @ $55.00 per day

Mini-golf: $3.00 per game (Clubs and balls may be obtained and returned at the office when attendant is not on duty).

Swimming Pool (256-739-2228):  $7.00 – Age 5 and under $3.50 – includes pools and water-slide – swimmers and non-swimmers must pay admission to enter pool complex.
Open 10:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 1:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Swimming Lessons: Dates and price TBD by Red Cross certified instructors if available

Swimming Parties: (5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mon-Sat): $70.00 rental charge plus $3.00 per person (swimmers and non-swimmers). Water slide not included. Contact pool manager.


Golf: The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a world renowned golf complex offering 54 holes of championship golf at some facilities, 36 holes at others. Each facility has a unique, very demanding par three layout as well as the championship courses. All in all, The Trail is a golf experience simply not to be missed. Greens fees are quite reasonable and are even available in a format that allows you to play each and every hole on The Trail. These golf facilities are located all over the state of Alabama but our rental property is located within a hundred miles of eight and five of these are within fifty miles. As a former two handicap golfer I enjoyed playing golf all over the world. I saw nothing that equals The Trail. Do not miss any opportunity to play one or all of these magnificent courses.

If you wish to do a bit of traveling, drive up to Gander Mountain in Huntsville about 90 Miles away.  Also, in Huntsville is the NASA MUSEUM or the US Space and Rocket Center and Space Camp.  Great for all ages.

Click on the link below for Gander Mountain:

Gander Mountain

3418 Memorial Pkwy NW
Huntsville, AL 35810-2410
(256) 858-8045
Get directions



Or drive down to Pell City to the New Bass Pro Shop. Click on the link below:




Maybe you have family or friends that own an RV and want to park it nearby.  Check out this link:  http://www.smithlakervresort.com/home/Welcome.html



Nearby Boat Launch Sites -

Ryan Creek Marina has locked up their boat launch site for reasons unknown.  Two alternate sites are available.

  1. Preferred is BB Calvert Fish Camp – This one is about 3-4 miles from the house.  $5 charge. It is located on County Road 109, East of Dodge City.  Phone – 256-287-1965

2.Mallard Point Marina – 805 Co Rd 225; Cullman, AL  35057  205-287-1635.

3.Castle Rock Marina – County road 97 East of Brush Pond.  Boat launching, gasoline & oil, dock pumps, tackle & bait, groceries & concessions, cafe / deli / snack bar, cabins for rent, RV/trailer park, wet boat storage, dry boat storage.  (256) 287-1117

Stony Lonesome OHV Park:

Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV park of its kind in the state and is located only 10-15 min away from

Magnolia Manor. Open year-round, the 1,456+ acre park will feature trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians and more.

The park is now open. Hours are:Tuesday – Sunday: 8 AM – 6 PM



Country Mall is 3/10 of on mile from Magnolia Manor.  From the house, turn right and head North and they will be just up the hill on the left hand, western, side of  the road.  It is a Chevron branded convenience store.  “Recently expanded their grocery selection.”  They also sell hardware items as well.


Located in Dodge City.  A local resident has this to say about S&S Grocery, “S and S Grocery” has about anything a party would require, including GREAT meats.


Just 45 minutes to 1 hour away are the following shopping areas, located just North and South of Birmingham, AL.


The Galleria has 2 levels of shops and is one of the South’s Premiere shopping and entertainment areas.  There is a RAVE Theater just across the street with HD Sound and the lastest in Movie Technology.


The Summit has an Apple Computer Store which is a favorite among my children and myself!


Jerry Brown Pottery   



Pillow Factory Outlet    

800-341-4919  Muscle Shoals, AL


Alabama Outdoors   

256-764-1809    Florence, Al

Rogersville Antique Mall  

256-247-1491  Rogersville, Al

Limestone Flea Market   

256-233-5183  Madison, AL

Rocket Harley Davidson   

256-340-7333  Madison, AL

Wacky Bear  


Huntsville, AL


Builders Square Flea Market and Antique Mall    

256-859-4454   Huntsville, Al

Metro Spy Supply   

256-533-9923    Huntsville, AL 

Shopping in Cullman Area:


Sams Stores Link:


Museums/Festivals/Shrines and the like:

Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama is about 25-30 minutes from Magnolia Manor. Ave Maria Grotto, known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,”  is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.

http://www.avemariagrotto.com/  256-734-4110

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament –

When pilgrims visit the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, many ask: “How did it all begin?”  The answer to this question comes as a surprise to many … the Lord used a business trip to bring about this marvel of His Divine Providence.

Mother Angelica stood praying at the side of the statue when suddenly the miraculous image came alive and turned towards her.  Then the Child Jesus spoke with the voice of a young boy:  “Build Me a Temple and I will help those who help you.”  Thus began a great adventure that would eventually result in the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Temple dedicated to the Divine Child Jesus, a place of refuge for all.

After coming home from the trip, Mother Angelica shared this story with the nuns.  At once, they began to look for land.  After several months of searching, they came to Hanceville, Alabama.  The property is an isolated piece of farmland almost completely surrounded by a river.  It had previously been used to farm soybeans.  From the very first moment that she set foot on the land, Mother Angelica says that she “felt the Presence of God very strongly.”


Cullman County Museum

Interactive displays and modern exhibits stand ready for you to experience the rich German heritage, native American lifestyles, adventure of early pioneers and Deep South folklore when you visit with us.


Evelyn Burrow Museum:

The Burrow Museum houses a $9.5 million collection donated to Wallace State Community College by Evelyn Burrow of Cullman, Alabama. Included in the museum are more than 5,000 pieces from around the world acquired over 65 years by Burrow and her late husband, Ottis. This is one of the finest collections of its kind in the world today. Object d’art in the Museum date as far back as the 1600s. Other pieces are so rare they are priceless.


Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama:


Cullman Oktoberfest:

Come to the Festhalle, center of daily fun, food, music and dancing.

The unique Cullman Festhalle is located near the center of town and is next to the Cullman Museum.


Alabama Gourd Society:

The objective of the Alabama Gourd Society is to promote the culture and crafting of gourds; to provide informational and educational service to its members and the public in general; and to provide an Annual Gourd Festival for the promotion of gourds and gourd crafting.


Athens Alabama:

Beginning when the crisp, blue skies of spring merge into warm summer nights, and continuing as the bright River Sunset colors of autumn burst into winter holidays, Limestone County is a paradise for residents and tourists alike. With an abundance of local and nearby travel destinations, special events, recreation facilities and rich historical sites, a visit to Athens and Limestone County will be long remembered.

http://www.tourathens.com  256-232-2600

Alabama Vineyards Wine Trail:

What is the PASSPORT card? The passport card is a way for wine lovers to explore the wine trail and discover the wineries of Alabama. Each winery you visit will stamp your card. Once you have all the stamps, you can redeem it for a nice 18oz wine glass imprinted with the Alabama wineries logos. A great way to start your collection.

http://www.eobox.com/wines  256-538-5452

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

A getaway to the Alabama Mountain Lakes region is a natural selection for fun! Enjoy some of America’s finest sports fishing and camping. Experience the breathtaking natural beauty that offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. For the sightseer, there’s history and inspiration at every turn. Imagine your hand on the pump at the famous Helen Keller home or strolling through the amazing Ave Maria Grotto. All this wonder and so much more is just a short drive away. An Alabama Mountain Lakes visit promises a lifetime of memories.

http://northalabama.org   800-648-5381

Alabama Travel Council:

  Are you ready to get away from it all, travel to a wonderful destination that offers unmatched hospitality, delectable cuisine, first class hotels and resorts, and internationally recognized attractions, festivals and events?! Alabama awaits you!

http://AlabamaTravel.org  334-271-0050

Visit Cullman Alabama:

A listing of almost everything to do in Cullman County.

http://visitcullman.org  800-313-5114

Bloomin’ Festival –

Bloomin’ Festival is a two day juried arts festival attracting thousands of visitors to the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School.  Located adjacent to the school is the world famous Ave Maria Grotto.  The picturesque landscape of stone cut buildings on the grounds of Alabama’s only Abbey provides a backdrop for the out-of-doors show.  More than 140 booths are filled with artists demonstrating and exhibiting their work.  The festival is the largest fundraiser annually for the operation and maintenance of the school.


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