Pickwick Lake


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Medal of Honor Heritage Center project bigger than originally projected

Times Free Press

Date: 10/22/2016 9:02:00 PM

Coolidge Park, located on the north shore of the Tennessee River, was established in 1999 in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge. The project initially called for a 6,800-square-foot, two-story building to honor Coolidge and other Medal of

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Volunteers sought for Trash for Treats project on Marion's Riverwalk

Southwest Virginia Updated Daily

Date: 10/21/2016 1:28:00 PM

The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable will conduct a Trash for Treats event at the Marion Riverwalk on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Volunteers will receive a treat bag for picking up a bag of litter

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First new nuclear power plant in U.S. in 20 years goes online


Date: 10/21/2016 1:18:00 PM

In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic

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Tour sailing museums Nina and Pinta at Volunteer Landing


Date: 10/21/2016 12:50:00 AM

On Thursday, replicas of the Pinta and the Nina, two of the ships commanded by Christopher Columbus when he sailed to America in 1492, sailed up the Tennessee River. The ships docked near Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville and are open to the

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“Sand Mountain Magic:” Why does Sand Mountain have so many tornadoes?


Date: 10/19/2016 3:40:00 PM

Where Sand Mountain tumbles 700 feet into the Tennessee River valley the accelerated wind suddenly slows. Scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) think that interface between fast and slow winds might help explain why tornadoes are more

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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.


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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