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Lewis Smith Lake

Lewis Smith Lake, known as Smith Lake, is a reservoir located on the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River. The lake covers over 21,000 acres in three counties, and it has over 500 miles of shoreline and an amazing maximum depth of 264 feet. Alabama Power created the Lewis Smith Dam, one of the largest earthen dams in the eastern U.S., and completed construction in 1961.


Several major professional bass fishing tournaments have been held on this lake in the past few years. Anglers can find largemouth, spotted, and striped bass in abundance at Smith Lake. Alabama Power worked to improve the fishing habitat in this lake, and handicap boating access has increased, thanks to the power company, Cullman County and the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.


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    Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Coordinates:
33.9368N -87.1050W
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Surface Area:
21,200 acres
Maximum Depth:
264 ft
510 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Public use areas, which include boat launch ramps, are numerous. With this lake's proximity to William Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness Area, as well as to Birmingham and Huntsville, the lake has become a popular second-home location. Several county roads cross the lake in every location, making the shoreline easy to access. Smith Lake Park, owned by Cullman County, offers a new ADA-compliant dock.


Although Lewis Smith Lake is far from any state park, visitors can find camping, cabins, and lake house rentals along this lake's shorelines and at William B. Bankhead National Forest on the western end of the lake. Lodging also is available along I-65, which is a short five miles from the eastern shores of the lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lewis Smith Lake covers Walker, Winston, and Cullman Counties in Alabama, and is located less than an hour's drive from Birmingham. Other towns close to the lake include Cullman, Hanceville, and Warrior.

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