Pickwick Lake


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412.90 FEET
Full Pool: 414.0
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Weather Hazards Outlook, July 4 – 15, 2015


Date: 7/1/2015 3:16:00 PM

Heavy rain for parts of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the Tennessee River Valley, Sat, Jul 4. Heavy rain extending from parts of the Southwest northeastward to Kansas, Mon-Tue, Jul 6-7. Enhanced wildfire risk for parts of mainland Alaska, Sat-Wed

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Chickamauga Lock work restarting this year


Date: 7/1/2015 12:38:00 PM

In 2013, Congress passed a law diverting money from the trust fund to replace the Olmsted Lock in Kentucky. The bill pushed up the timeline for repairs at the Tennessee River lock near Hixson

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Power finesse fishing for summer bass


Date: 7/1/2015 11:30:00 AM

But there's another tactic used in the somewhat murky lakes of the Tennessee River system that's equally effective, especially when the bite slows down in mid-summer's heat. Captain Jimmy Mason calls it "power finesse" fishing; basically, it's employing

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Phil Campbell boasts train mural

Franklin County Times

Date: 7/1/2015 8:57:00 AM

In the late 1880s, Phillip “Phil” Campbell was a railroad construction supervisor for the Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennessee River Railroad. Mel Allen, a Franklin County merchant, wanted to establish a town around his store. Allen promised if Campbell

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North State Live Music and Open Mics: July 1 – July 7


Date: 7/1/2015 1:00:00 AM

(530) 246-2190. Cold Sweat appears at Win-River Casino at 9:30 p.m. 21 and over. Tennessee River plays the Mosquito Serenade at the Anderson River Park. The opening act begins at 5:30 p.m.; headliner starts at 7 p.m. All ages. Hal Johnson at 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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