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Pickwick Lake

Pickwick Lake is just one of many steps along the Tennessee River created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This reservoir extends from Florence, Alabama and creates part of the boundary between Alabama and Georgia before it ends in Tennessee with the Pickwick Dam at Pickwick Landing. Pickwick Lake covers 43,000 surface acres, and it serves as the designated north end of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, as it provides a water route to Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico.


TVA completed the PickWick Landing Dam in 1938 mainly for hydroelectric power, but anglers in this part of the lake can enjoy year-round access to crappie, bluegill, white bass, stipers, and sauger. Bassmaster lists Pickwick Lake as one of the best 100 bass fishing lakes in the country, and Pickwick Landing area offers several tournaments per year. Record fish caught across this lake include a seven-pound, 6-ounce sauger in 1973, a one-pound, nine-ounce river carpsucker in 1980, and a 1.6-ounce Atlantic needlefish in 2008. Other game fish include crappie, blue and channel catfish, and largemouth bass.


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    Pickwick Lake Tennessee Coordinates:
35.0639N -88.2472W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
43,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
59 ft
413 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Major City:
Memphis, TN; Hunstville, AL
Memphis, TN; Hunstville, AL


Pickwick Landing provides all types of boating, and it includes two free public boat ramps at the park. The park also accommodates 191 boats in web slips, and it maintains 88 slips for dry storage. There is a charge for overnight docking. This is a full-service area that offers gas and boat rentals.


Pickwick Landing State Park is located in Tennessee just south of Pickwick Dam, and only 12 miles south of Savannah in Hardin County. The park provides an inn, cabins, and camping, as well as a golf course, and over 1,400 acres of forest with trails. The on-site restaurant serves southern cuisine and also provides catering.

For folks who want to stay in Savannah or elsewhere in Hardin County, the availability of other campgrounds, hotels and motels, B&Bs and other accommodations is available. Savannah is the largest town along the Tennessee River and the seat of Hardin County, and its Main Street leads down to the river bank.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


The final portion of Pickwick Lake is located in Hardin County, Tennessee, near the county seat of Savannah. It is located about 122 miles east of Memphis and 119 miles from Huntsville, Alabama. Both of those major cities have airports. Huntsville is located on the river, which might make it easier for boaters who want to reach Pickwick via the lock system from Huntsville through Florence and north into Tennessee.

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