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Neely Henry Lake

Neely Henry Lake is a reservoir that represents a riverine environment except where it fans out near the H. Neely Henry Dam. This reservoir extends over 77 miles between its dam upstream to Weiss Dam, between the cities of Gadsden and Ohatchee.


Alabama Power completed the H. Neely Henry Dam in 1966 and has improved the fishing habitat in this lake to provide one of a series of lakes along the Coosa River that are the "best-kept fishing secrets in Alabama." Anglers might find that the bass population is smaller then found in most reservoirs along the Coosa River, but they are reported to be the plumpest largemouth and spotted bass in the state. Other species in this lake include white crappie and striped bass.


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    Neely Henry Lake Alabama Coordinates:
33.8849N -86.0719W
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Surface Area:
11,235 acres
Maximum Depth:
45 ft
508 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Alabama Power constructed three public access sites along this lake's 339 miles of shoreline. Other boat ramps exist at marinas and in Gadsden.


Cheaha State Park is located 80 miles south of the lake, and that park provides camp sites, cabins, and hotels. Talledega National Forest also provides camping opportunities, but visitors can find RV, tent, and primitive camping near the lake. If you prefer hotels, Gadsden provides opportunities for inns, B&Bs, and short-term vacation rentals.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Access to this lake is easy from I-59, which has direct access through I-759 into Gadsden. The Talladega National Forest is located east of this lake, and it surrounds the Cheaha State Park. Anniston, Oxford, and Jacksonville are located between the lake and the forest, offering convenient access to all amenities. The closest large city with an airport is Birmingham.

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