Pickwick Lake


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Full Pool: 414.0
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A man, a dog and a canoe; Murray native Trevathan reflects on latest Tennessee River canoe trip

Murray Ledger & Times

Date: 6/21/2018 12:32:00 AM

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Murray native Kim Trevathan just proved that age is only a number. Twenty years ago, when he was 40, Trevathan took a canoe the entire 650-plus miles of the Tennessee River, going downstream from where the river starts at Knoxville

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Loss of mooring cell impacting river economy

Decatur Daily

Date: 6/20/2018 10:15:00 PM

Commercial traffic on the Tennessee River in Decatur has been slowed because of a lack of funding to replace a key mooring cell — a river structure used for securing barges during unloading and loading. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineering shut down two

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Guntersville Dam - a cool tour


Date: 6/20/2018 12:45:00 PM

In the 1930's TVA built several dams to make use of the mighty Tennessee River to power eastern Tennessee and north Alabama. Construction of the Guntersville Dam began in 1935 and was completed in 1939. The dam is 94 feet high and stretches 3,979 feet

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Bluff View Art District

U.S. News Travel

Date: 6/19/2018 5:16:00 PM

Situated atop a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga, this district is barely a neighborhood, it stretches across just 1½ blocks. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. Lush vines hug buildings, public works of

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Volunteers sought to help clean up Tennessee River after Riverbend Festival


Date: 6/19/2018 9:10:00 AM

Several organizations are hosting a post-Riverbend Festival river clean up on Saturday. Owners of L2 Outside, Chattanooga Paddleboards, Wild Trails and Chattanooga Cycleboats are seeking 25 or more volunteers to help with the 2-hour cleanup Saturday

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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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