Pickwick Lake


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Rescue crews searching Tennessee River in South Knoxville for person who might have jumped in

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Date: 9/17/2019 11:42:00 PM

Knox County rescue crews are searching for a person who possibly jumped into the Tennessee River in South Knoxville. Crews with the Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Police Department and Knox

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Crews search for man in Tennessee River

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Date: 9/17/2019 7:00:00 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – First responders with Knoxville Fire Department and Knoxville Police Department were at the scene of a reported drowning Tuesday night. The call came in just before 8 p.m. of

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UPDATE: 'Mysterious' substance in Tennessee River determined to be algae


Date: 9/17/2019 6:51:00 AM

UPDATE: Chattanooga Fire Department Special Operations personnel determined the substance found Monday in the Tennessee River was a form of algae and not an environmental hazard. PREVIOUS STORY: The

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Chattanooga Fire Department Responds To Possible Substance Spill In The Tennessee River


Date: 9/16/2019 12:10:00 PM

The Chattanooga Fire Department was called to Ross’s Landing Monday afternoon to investigate a murky substance in the water. The call came in as a spill on the Tennessee River near the ... (click for

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CFD investigating substance in Tennessee River


Date: 9/16/2019 11:06:00 AM

The Chattanooga Fire Department was called to Ross's Landing Monday afternoon for a substance in the Tennessee River. Crews have deployed booms in the water near the Tennessee Aquarium to prevent the

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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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