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Wheeler Lake

Wheeler Lake, a reservoir located on the Tennessee River, is the second largest lake in Alabama behind Lake Guntersville. Situated between Rogersville and Huntsville, this reservoir extends 60 miles and contains 67,100 surface acres of water for recreation. The lake attracts about four million visitors per year. Visitors can enjoy camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and other activities on Wheeler Lake.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impounded this lake in 1936 for hydroelectric power and navigation. It is one of nine impoundments along the Tennessee River, and its waters flow from Lake Guntersville and into Wilson Lake.


Bass fishing is the most popular sport for anglers, with largemouth and smallmouth bass common from the Elk River to Wheeler Dam. Anglers also can go for spotted bass, catfish, bluegill, redear and longear sunfish, crappie and sauger.


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    Wheeler Lake Alabama Coordinates:
34.8083N -87.3833W
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Surface Area:
67,100 acres
Maximum Depth:
57 ft
550 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Plenty of access to the reservoir is available, including public access, wildlife refuges, and state parks. Elk River State Park maintains one floating dock and fishing access north of U.S. Highway 72. Joe Wheeler State Park offers transient slips, a marina, and boat ramps. This park is located two miles west of Rogersville, and the Wheeler Dam Highway that crosses the river is located just west of this park.


You can find camping at Joe Wheeler State Park, and other private campgrounds dot the shoreline on both sides of the lake. Visitors can find about 2,000 rooms available in Morgan and Decatur Counties and 217 camp sites at Point Mallard and Good Sam Parks. Athens, which is located a little closer to the lake than Huntsville, also offers hotels, motels, and resorts. Huntsville, which offers river access, also has plenty of accommodations for visitors.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Since the Tennessee River serves as a boundary between counties, this river and Wheeler Lake cover Madison, Limestone, Morgan, Madison, Lawrence, and Lauderdale Counties between the north and south banks. Huntsville is conveniently located at the head of this lake, and other towns close to the lake include Athens, Florence, Muscle Shoals, Decatur, Rogersville, and Tanner.

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