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Tims Ford Lake

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impounded the Elk River with the Tims Ford Dam between 1966 and 1970, creating an 11,000-acre reservoir that is ideal for water recreation and fishing.




Noted specifically for smallmouth bass fishing, other fish species in this lake include largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish, walleye, and spotted and striped bass.


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    Tims Ford Lake Tennessee Coordinates:
35.1969N -86.2786W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
11,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
150 ft
889 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Major City:
Huntsville, AL
Huntsville, AL


Boaters can find boat ramps all along this lake, including Tims Ford State Park, the Anderton Branch Public Use Area, and Pleasant Grover Public Use Area. A full-service marina provides all the amenities any boater might need, including boat and cabin rentals and a restaurant. The arms of this lake are popular among canoeists and kayakers.


Tims Ford State Park is located on the north shores of the lake, and provides campers with 52 camp sites with water and electricity. This campground also can accommodate 40-foot RVs, and some sites are set aside for handicap-accessible camping. This is not the only campground in the area, and visitors also can find other accommodations throughout Franklin County. Choose among hotels and motels, cabin or cottage rentals, and B&Bs to enjoy your stay.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Tims Ford Lake is located almost entirely within Franklin County, Tennessee, with two small branches that reach into Moore County to the northwest. The lake is located about 80 miles from Chattanooga and only 50 miles from Huntsville, Alabama. Other towns in the area include Winchester, Decherd, Huntland, Estill Springs, Cowan, and Sewanee.

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