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Pickwick Lake

Pickwick Lake is just one of many steps along the Tennessee River created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This reservoir extends from the Wilson Dam in Florence, Alabama and creates part of the boundary between Alabama and Georgia before it ends in Tennessee with the Pickwick Dam at Pickwick Landing. Pickwick Lake covers 43,000 surface acres, and it serves as the designated north end of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, as it provides a water route to Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico.


TVA completed the PickWick Landing Dam in 1938 mainly for hydroelectric power, but anglers in this part of the lake can enjoy year-round access to crappie, bluegill, white bass, stipers, and sauger. Bassmaster lists Pickwick Lake as one of the best 100 bass fishing lakes in the country, and Pickwick Landing area offers several tournaments per year. Record fish caught across this lake include a seven-pound, 6-ounce sauger in 1973, a one-pound, nine-ounce river carpsucker in 1980, and a 1.6-ounce Atlantic needlefish in 2008. Other game fish include crappie, blue and channel catfish, and largemouth bass.

Anglers need to note that Mississippi and Alabama have reciprocal licenses for the Tennessee River between certain points, but none exist for the Bear Creek embayment south of the Southern Railway Bridge. This bridge is located in the far southern portion of this reservoir in Alabama.


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    Pickwick Lake Mississippi Coordinates:
34.9442N -88.1717W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
43,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
59 ft
413 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Major City:
Memphis, TN
Memphis, TN


Boat access to Pickwick Lake in Mississippi is available through several marinas and parks. Boaters also might want to check out the Bear Creek Reservoir. This area offers a system of dams and lakes built by the TVA, and it is located along the Alabama and Mississippi state lines on the south side of Pickwick Lake. Popular for all types of boating and fishing, the Bear Creek area also provides the Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail that runs 34 miles from below Bear Creek dam to Pickwick Landing Dam in Tennessee.


JP Coleman State Park is not the only camping area in Mississippi, but it provides a motel with three townhouses and sixteen hotel rooms, a lodge, 19 tent camping sites, 53 RV sites, fully-furnished cabins, a restaurant with catering, and a swimming pool right on the lake. Other facilities in Tishomingo County include B&Bs, hotels, and marinas wtih lodging and resorts. Tishomingo State Park maintains fully-furnished cabins and 62 RV sites, and this park is located about 37 miles south of the lake. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Pickwick Lake in Mississippi is located entirely within Tishomingo County. Luka, the county seat, is located just six miles from the shores of the Bear Creek Reservoir system near Goose Pond Slough. The closest major city to this portion of Pickwick Lake is Memphis, Tennessee. That city and its airport are less than three hours from the Mississippi shores of this lake through Corinth.

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