Smith Lake


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496.57 FEET
Full Pool: 510.0
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Gov. Bentley tours deadly tornado damage in north Alabama


Date: 12/1/2016 8:10:00 PM

Aerial video (via @dave_warren80) shows damage from EF-1 tornado in the Helicon and Smith Lake area near the Cullman-Winston county line

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Alabama's Drought Emergency


Date: 11/20/2016 11:39:00 AM

Lake Purdy, one of the primary water sources for the City of Birmingham Water Works Board, continues to dry up. Smith Lake is the deepest lake in Alabama and one of the deepest in the Southeastern United States. The current drought has created several

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BWWB working to maintain water supply during drought


Date: 11/18/2016 6:22:00 PM

But Jones stresses it's not the only source and says the three other water shed's including Sipsey Intake below the Smith Lake Dam are still strong. “We've shifted over 30 million gallons a day from those sources to supply the areas that would typically

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Low water level at Smith Lake affecting business

Date: 11/17/2016 5:27:00 PM

Area lakes continue to lose water as one in three people living in Alabama are under extreme or exceptional drought. Smith Lake has now dropped nearly 14 feet below full pool, and most of that water loss has occurred in the past few months. While deeper

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Drought creates problem for Smith Lake boaters

Date: 11/15/2016 3:00:00 PM

Smith Lake is the deepest lake in Alabama and one of the deepest in the Southeastern United States. The current drought has created several problems at this location. “When the water is this low, there are few places you can launch a boat that has a

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• River: Black Warrior River
• Length: 500 Miles
• Surface Area: 21,200 Acres
• Volume: 1,670,700 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 944 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 66 Feet
• Length: 35 Miles
Lewis Smith Lake (or Smith Lake) is located in North-Central Alabama about 20 miles northwest of Birmingham in state of Alabama (U.S.) counties of Cullman, Walker and Winston. The 300-foot high dam, completed in 1961 by Alabama Power Company, impounds the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River to form the lake. Smith Lake has a surface area of 21,200 acres, 500 miles of shoreline, a watershed area of 944 square miles, a retention time of 435 days, and a maximum depth of 264 feet. The western side of the lake's watershed is crowned by the 180,000-acre Bankhead National Forest, which blankets the deeply dissected southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. The Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River, Alabama's only Wild and Scenic River, flows through the Bankhead National Forest. The Sipsey Wilderness, Land of a Thousand Waterfalls, lies within the Bankhead National Forest and is home to Alabama's largest tree, a tulip poplar with a 21-foot circumference at its base.
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