Smith Lake is known for its exceptional year-round fishing and seasonal boating and water sports. Once you experience Smith Lake’s unbelievably clear water and scenic shorelines, you will be hooked forever!
Lewis Smith Lake, known locally as Smith Lake, is centrally located in the northern Alabama counties of Cullman, Walker, and Winston. Renowned for its exceptionally clear and deep water, Smith Lake has a surface area of 21,200 acres, 500 miles of shoreline, a watershed area of 944 square miles, 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 southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. 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 is conveniently located off I65, an hour North of Birmingham and South of Huntsville.