Pickwick Lake

ALABAMA - MISSISSIPPI - TENNESSEE


Lake Level
413.84 FEET
9/8/2020
Full Pool: 414.0
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Madison County, Guntersville looking forward to non-region challenge

al.com

Date: 9/24/2020 5:18:00 PM

If the Madison County football coach is competing, he wants an opportunity to face the best. Sharp applies that principle in his paying gig, as well. During his tenure as a high school football coach

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First responders to hold mock disaster drill on Tennessee River

The News Courier

Date: 9/23/2020 5:00:00 PM

The Calhoun Community College Health Sciences division has teamed up with the Coast Guard and state and local first responders to conduct a boating mock casualty drill on the Tennessee

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M.L. King extension exceeds 'high hopes,' Chattanooga mayor says; but funding questioned

Times Free Press

Date: 9/21/2020 5:00:00 PM

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, left, and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke cut the ribbon during a ceremony opening the M.L. King Boulevard extension from Riverfront

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‘We drink it. We need good water quality,’ TVA experts say on World Water Monitoring Day

WATE 6 On Your Side

Date: 9/18/2020 4:00:00 PM

The Tennessee River system is the most used water source in the country, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The river and its tributary rivers provide

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LAKE CONDITIONS ALERT Hurricane Sally expected to affect Alabama Power lakes, result in spillway gate operations

Alabama Power

Date: 9/15/2020

Hurricane Sally is expected to bring heavy rains inland, which could affect Alabama Power lakes. After making landfall, Sally is expected to move slowly across the state, dumping large amounts of rain in some areas. The latest forecast indicates the greatest impacts to Alabama Power lakes from heavy rains will be

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 308 Miles
• Surface Area: 43,100 Acres
• Volume: 924,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 32,800 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 21 Feet
• Length: 53 Miles
Pickwick Lake has often been called the best trophy smallmouth fishery in the country. This is due in large part to the numerous beneficial conditions of the river system and its location. The lake is situated at the southern boundary of habitable climate for smallmouth. This southern location allows for a longer growing year, which produces larger fish. Pickwick is also at the northern boundary for threadfin shad, the primary prey for smallies, and contains an abundance of them. Add the strong current of the Tennessee River to these two factors and it is easy to see why Pickwick bass are arguably the largest and strongest bronzebacks around.

LAKE PROFILE

Size and Depth - 47,500 acres and 53 miles long with a maximum depth of 59 feet.

Water Source - An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Pickwick Lake is defined by the Wilson Dam in the south Pickwick Landing Dam in the north. With a short exception near its inflows at Florence, the current primarily flows north.

Shoreline - 496 miles long. The shore is approximately 40 percent developed and is comprised of both privately-held land and Tennessee Valley Authority ownership. The remaining shoreline is undeveloped.

Bottom - Sand, gravel, bedrock, mud and muck. The main river channel is mostly bedrock and mud. In tailwater areas and coves, sand, gravel and muck bottoms are found.

Water - Moderately fertile water with a light green to brownish color. In the main river channel the water is lighter colored than the brownish color found in the backwater areas of coves and bays. Visible clarity is between 2 and 4 feet depending on location, rainfall and current.

Cover - There is little submerged vegetation and what is present is sporadically dispersed throughout the lake. The most common emergent plant is water willow, which can be found along the lakes shoreline and in bays and coves.
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