Just a few weeks ago, my wife Jamie and I were brainstorming on our next trip. Water…whether rivers, lakes or oceans are always at the top of our list. We are frequent visitors to the Tennessee River, especially Lake Guntersville. For this trip we opted to travel downstream to Pickwick Lake. It is literally in the northwest corner of the State. Alabama, Mississippi (Hail State), and Tennessee all share its shoreline.
Construction of the dam started in 1934 and was completed in 1938. The lake, with a surface area of 43,000 acres, is well known for its excellent sport fishing, including: largemouth and smallmouth bass, stripers, and catfish. For bass fishing, Bassmaster Magazine just ranked Pickwick Lake as the 10th best lake in the country. It is also the north end of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway which provides a water transportation route to the Gulf of Mexico.
For our travels, we rented a pontoon boat and toured the lake. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos.
The photo below is very special to me because a large part of my childhood memories are in this exact spot. We started vacationing here in 1966 and visited frequently for the next 20 years and have continued to return when time allows. I stayed in this very cabin and played on this small beach more times than I can remember.
Yep…jumped off of this waterfall too!
Wife, travel partner, navigator…I’m a lucky guy
Beginning of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
Watch out for those barges!
Hope you enjoyed the photos and find the time to visit Pickwick Lake.
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