Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama is a beautiful lake that spans across the Tennessee-Alabama border. The lake stretches for 44 miles and offers plenty of activities for locals and visitors alike. Pickwick Lake has been around since the 1950s when it was created by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers as part of their mission to control flooding in the area.
Today, Pickwick Lake is used primarily for recreational purposes such as fishing, boating, skiing, swimming and camping. The lake also serves as a popular destination for bird-watchers with its abundant wildlife including ospreys and bald eagles. The shoreline of Pickwick Lake provides many opportunities to fish from either bank or boat on its waters filled with bass, crappie, catfish and bream among other species. Fishermen can cast off at one of five public access areas located along the banks or take advantage of several marinas that offer boat rentals throughout the year. There are even tournaments held periodically where anglers can compete against each other to see who catches the most fish! For those looking to get out on the water without casting a line there are plenty of options available too!
Boaters can cruise upriver towards Florence or downriver towards Counce Marina which offers great views along both routes with plenty of places to stop and explore nature’s beauty along your journey. Jet skis are also allowed on Pickwick allowing you an exhilarating ride through its calm waters while taking in all that surrounds you! Swimming is another activity enjoyed by many visiting Pickwick Lake due to its crystal clear water perfect for cooling off after hours spent outdoors enjoying some sunbathing or playing beach volleyball nearby at any one of three sandy beaches found within close proximity from various points around the lake’s circumference – these include McFarland Park Beach near Rogersville Landing; Jones Creek Beach near Clifton Landing; and Bear Creek Beach near Savannah Landing.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend away camping under the night skies or simply enjoy spending time outdoors during summer months, you won’t be disappointed by what Pickwick Lake has to offer.