Lewis Smith Lake
Lewis Smith Lake is a perfect place to live an outdoor adventure. Tucked into a corner of the Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama's Mountain Region, the abundance of coves and deep clear water of the many-fingered Lewis Smith Lake draws anglers and boaters from all over.
One of Alabama's cleanest lakes, Lewis Smith Lake is an impoundment of the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River. In 1961, Alabama Power constructed Smith Dam, one of the largest earth and rock filled dams in the eastern United States for flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation and recreation.
Lewis Smith Lake holds the Alabama state record for a spotted bass caught in 1978, weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces. Fishing on Lewis Smith Lake is excellent and will challenge anglers of all skill levels. In addition to spotted bass, there are healthy populations of largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. Anglers can fish from the bank, pier or by boat. Below Lewis Smith Lake, the cool tail waters of Smith Dam are one of the few places in Alabama to catch rainbow trout. The US Fish and Wildlife Service stocks the trout to maintain certain fishing levels.
Lewis Smith Lake has over 20,000 surface acres of water spread out over three main fingers rimmed with lots of tiny coves. Lewis Smith Lake covers parts of three counties including Winston, Walker, and Cullman Counties, and stretches over 35 miles. Cullman County owns Smith Lake Park on the shore of the lake. The park includes lakeside cabins and a spiral waterslide to delight any family.
Part of Lewis Smith Lake is bordered by the William B. Bankhead National Forest. At over 180,000 acres, it is Alabama's largest National Forest. It includes the Corinth, Houston, and Clear Creek Recreation Areas. Sipsey Wilderness Area is also part of the Bankhead National Forest. Known as the "Land of 1,000 Waterfalls," Sipsey Wilderness Area includes some of the most beautiful scenery in Alabama and is the largest Wilderness Area east of the Mississippi River. Sixty-one miles of the Sipsey Fork River above Lewis Smith Lake are designated as Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River. Sipsey Fork River passes through some of the state's only remaining virgin timber stands -- and by spectacular limestone bluffs. It is a beautiful place to canoe or kayak.
Set against the majestic backdrop of the Bankhead National Forest and Sipsey Wilderness Area, Lewis Smith Lake is an ideal location for an outdoor adventure. Add the draw of Lewis Smith Lake's deep, clean, clear water and nearby hiking, hunting, recreational boating, and fishing and it's sure to become one of your favorite vacation destinations.