Take whatever route you want to Red Bay, AL. Take AL-24 E to AL hwy 247 and go north on 247. Turn right onto Franklin county rd 90 and the ramp is les than 1/2 mi on the left. Contact the Bear Creek Development Authority to find out where to purchase a use permit: 877-367-2232. You can usually get them at gas stations close to the lake. Website: www.bearcreeklakes.com
They manage 4 lakes; the one you want is Cedar lake.
That lake is possibly the best kept secret in north Alabama.
The large inlet on the north side of the lake is excellent for boaring. The only time its gets rough is when we have a strong south wind.