Pickwick Lake, Alabama, Mississippi & Tennessee USA

Also known as:  Pickwick Reservoir

Pickwick Lake is a 43,100-acre reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with construction of Pickwick Landing Dam across the Tennessee River. Construction of Pickwick Lake reservoir took four years to complete, from 1934 to 1938. Pickwick Reservoir stretches out over 53 miles, from Pickwick Landing Dam in Tennessee, into Mississippi, ending at the Wilson Dam in Alabama. Although Pickwick Lake’s primary purposes are navigation, flood control, and hydropower – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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All About Pickwick Lake

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Pickwick Lake is a 43,100-acre reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with construction of Pickwick Landing Dam across the Tennessee River. Construction of Pickwick Lake reservoir took four years to complete, from 1934 to 1938. Pickwick Reservoir stretches out over 53 miles, from Pickwick Landing Dam in Tennessee, into Mississippi, ending at the Wilson Dam in Alabama. Although Pickwick Lake’s primary purposes are navigation, flood control, and hydropower generation, it also provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Pickwick Reservoir’s shoreline is dotted with upscale residential development.

The origin of the Pickwick name dates back to the mid-1800s when the first local postmaster, a fan of Charles Dickens, named the post office “Pickwick”, in honor of the Pickwick Papers. Today, Pickwick Lake boasts more than 496 miles of shoreline, including about 85 miles of island shoreline. Normal summer pool is 414 feet above sea level. The TVA draws down the water level to about 410 feet in winter, in anticipation of snow melt and rain in the spring.

If you’re an avid angler, Pickwick Lake is an ideal vacation destination. Fishing largely centers on largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and catfish. Prize-winning specimens of each have been taken here. Crappie and sauger also grow to impressive size.

Anglers aren’t the only ones who take advantage of Pickwick Lake. Boaters love the open waters and use Pickwick Reservoir’s numerous boat ramps to launch their boats. Boat rentals, including ski boats, pontoon boats, houseboats, and jet skis, are available at marinas around Pickwick Lake. At 43,100 acres, Pickwick Reservoir offers countless nooks and crannies to be explored. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of long, warm afternoons in the Alabama and Tennessee sun.

Water skiing and tubing will get your blood flowing and your adrenaline pumping. Ski, jump some wakes, and let the breeze in your hair exhilarate you before you enjoy Pickwick Reservoir’s cool waters. If water skiing isn’t your game, tie a tube to the back of your boat and bump along the lake’s small waves, enjoying one of the most fun, yet simple, water sports that exists.

Locks at either end of Pickwick Lake handle boat traffic. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (called the Tenn-Tom) begins at Pickwick Lake, providing boating and sailing enthusiasts with a 234-mile waterway to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

For camping enthusiasts, the TVA operates the Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground near Counce, Tennessee. This self-service campground offers 95 campsites, about 70% with water and electric hookups, plus restrooms with heated showers, a boat ramp, and tailwater bank fishing.

Pickwick Lake State Park is located south of the Pickwick Dam in Tennessee. This 1,400-acre park offers a marina, golf course, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and a 2.8 mile hiking trail to enjoy the local flora and fauna. Park accommodations include a conference center, an inn with restaurant, cabins, and camping.

The National Park Service operates the Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee, 15 miles from Pickwick Lake State Park. Shiloh includes the Civil War battlefield, the Shiloh National Cemetery, and the Shiloh Indian Mound.

After a day exploring Pickwick Lake and the surrounding area, slow your pace to enjoy sapphire skies, emerald green scenery, and the sun setting on the horizon. Pickwick Lake provides unadulterated relaxation.

Things to Do at Pickwick Lake

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  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • State Park
  • National Park

Fish Species Found at Pickwick Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Sauger
  • Smallmouth Bass

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Recommended Sites to Book a Pickwick Lake Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Tennessee Valley Authority

Surface Area: 43,100 acres

Shoreline Length: 496 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 414 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 419 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 407 feet

Average Depth: 15 feet

Maximum Depth: 59 feet

Water Volume: 492,700 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1938

Drainage Area: 32,820 sq. miles

Trophic State: Meso-eutrophic

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