Pickwick Lake


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Report details extent of pollution in Wheeler Lake


Date: 7/26/2017 11:19:00 PM

DECATUR, Ala. - Researchers at Auburn University have published an important paper on pollution in the Tennessee River at Decatur. We knew it was bad. We just didn't know it was this bad. The report, "Novel Polyfluorinated Compounds Identified Using High

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McCracken County road closed for cross drain replacement


Date: 7/25/2017 4:05:00 AM

Eastbound traffic has been restricted to one lane on the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge at the Marshall-Livingston Count Line. Eastbound traffic has been restricted to one lane on the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge at the Marshall-Livingston Count Line

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All hits, no misses

Times Daily

Date: 7/24/2017 11:35:00 PM

A new studio was opened about a mile away on the Tennessee River. “Our mission is two-fold,” said Judy Hood, chairwoman of the nonprofit Muscle Shoals Music Foundation, which owns the studio. “On one hand, we feel a strong obligation to educate

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Jet ski enthusiasts ride length of Tennessee River to benefit local children


Date: 7/24/2017 5:22:00 PM

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — A group of jet ski enthusiasts took off from Paris Landing State Park Sunday for the 21st annual Tennessee River 600. “Oh, the first day that we take off, it’s an incredible adrenaline rush,” participant Louann Weidner said

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One Day Trip: Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville


Date: 7/24/2017 4:18:00 AM

Ijams is a place where everyone can come and find a way to connect with nature. Whether it’s zip-lining through the trees, going for a walk along the Tennessee River and jumping for a swim in Quarry, when you go to Ijams you can still feel like you’ve

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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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