Pickwick Lake


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Water pollution a concern in springs surrounding new Florence landfill


Date: 11/24/2015 8:17:00 PM

David Whiteside and his team at Tennessee River Keeper are learning more about water quality where the new Florence landfill is discharging into seven different springs. “We used a conductivity meter to test the conductivity of water, which basically

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What happened when a non-profit invited everybody in town to a Thanksgiving meal

Washington Post

Date: 11/24/2015 4:10:00 PM

“I knew a couple people, but I was just trying to adjust to being back in a home.” Across the table, two young women who help run the Tennessee River Gorge Trust introduced themselves. “You work downtown?” asked Watts, who was homeless herself for

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William Marvel: From Conway to the Cumberland


Date: 11/24/2015 2:16:00 PM

For nine months the 2nd Iowa guarded railroads in Missouri, but early in February 1862, the regiment joined Ulysses Grant on an expedition up the Tennessee River to pierce the Confederate defensive line that roughly paralleled the border between Kentucky

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Transforming trouble into thanksgiving

The Murfreesboro Post

Date: 11/24/2015 10:03:00 AM

She recalled how her parents had moved from a small farm, leaving their home in the valley at the bend of the Tennessee River to cross the Cumberland mountains, arriving at the flatlands of Middle Tennessee. Here it was harder to make a living. Her father

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Tennessee Riverkeeper CEO speaking at Shoals Environmental Alliance meeting today

Times Daily

Date: 11/23/2015 11:06:00 PM

FLORENCE -- The executive director of Tennessee Riverkeeper will be the guest speaker at today's meeting of the Shoals Environmental Alliance. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library conference room. Light refreshments

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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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