An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Guntersville Lake is known for its diverse fishery and abundance of aquatic vegetation.
The lake is full of hydrilla, milfoil and grass, providing gamefish with an abundance of habitat. In combination with the vegetation, the lake is full of submerged stump fields that were left after the forest was cut before flooding ccurred.Guntersville Lake is a premier angling destination. Due to its robust and diverse fishery, numerous tournaments are held on the lake. There is a tournament almost every weekend, from local clubs to national tournaments. The lake has an extensive buoy system that all boaters should familiarize themselves with.
Lake Guntersville is 67,900 acres in size with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 45 feet. From Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam, the lake measures 76 miles. A Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impoundment of the Tennessee River, the Sequatchie River is the main tributary, followed by Town Creek and numerous smaller creeks. The deeper portions of the lake generally consist of sand, gravel and mud. The steep ledges of old stream channels consist of limestone. Most of the shoreline has a sand and gravel bottom. Heavy siltation has occurred in some creeks such as Mud, North Sauty and South Sauty. Annual winter drawdowns lower the water level about 2 feet. The TVA manages the entire 949 miles of shoreline which occupies a narrow valley between steep sloping, forested ridges. Approximately 15% of the shoreline is developed, mainly with residential housing and very limited commercial development.
Guntersville Lake has very fertile water with frequent algae blooms. The TVA considers the lake to be “turbid” with visible depths of 3 to 5 feet. Relatively shallow water and a strong river current prevent the development of a thermocline. The lake has significant grass coverage throughout its length. Hydrilla and milfoil are also abundant. Deep weedlines are found from 10 to 18 feet. Prior to impoundment, all trees were removed but large fields of stumps remain, particularly in Browns, Roseberry, Mud, and North and South Sauty Creeks. There are also several riprapped causeways.
Boat ramps and private marinas dot the lake's perimeter. Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. Eagle watching centers on Guntersville State Park and the dam during the winter, though some bald eagles stay all year.
Lake Guntersville State Park Situated within the pine studded woodlands and adjacent to the reservoir shoreline are 321 improved campsites blending with the serenity of nature. Ranging from the primitive to the modern, complete with utilities, the sites vary to suit nearly every taste. Various campground conveniences include utility connections, tables, grills, bathhouses, hot showers, a country store, and play areas. Buck's Pocket State Park (camping) and Cathedral Caverns State Park are nearby.
The Alabama Mountain Lakes region is a natural selection for fun! Enjoy some of America's finest sports fishing and camping. Experience the breathtaking natural beauty that offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. For the sightseer, there's history and inspiration at every turn. Imagine your hand on the pump at the famous Helen Keller home or strolling through the amazing Ave Maria Grotto.
251 Columbus Lane, Scottsboro, AL 35769
Daytime: (256) 571-5548
Evenings/Weekends: (256) 571-5915
If you are coming to Lake Guntersville for a tournament, or just some recreational fishing, we have the perfect accommodations. Most locations do not take into account the things that anglers need when they travel, we do. We know you need parking for your boats and your vehicles, and you need to recharge batteries. Lastly, that you need a comfortable relaxing environment where you can get a good nights sleep so you can hit the water early without a lot of fuss.
185 Carlton Road
Scottsboro, AL 35769
Daytime - Call (256) 571-5548
Evenings or weekends - Call (256) 571-5915
You will never have to wait in line to launch your boat.... just jump out of bed and hit the water to catch that morning bite. We look forward to having you come stay with us!
Here are some great restaurants that you should check out during our stay
- Top of the River Restaurant - Catfish & Seafood Restaurant
- The Docks - Fine dining on the lake
- The Bait, Tackle, & Grill at Goosepond - Breakfast, Lunch and Ice Cream