Life at Smith Lake: A Year-Round Vacation

Straddling Walker, Winston and Cullman counties, beautiful Smith Lake is a prime location for getting away from it all.

The sparkling clean water and wooded shorelines offer lake living at its best. Outdoor activities appeal to all interests: watersports enthusiasts enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Inspiration abounds onshore, too: morning coffee overlooking the water in the warm sun, awe-inspiring wildlife, and just relaxing on the dock are all part of life at Smith Lake.

Smith Lake, Then and Now

Spreading eastward from the Bankhead National Forest, this beautiful watershed habitat wasn’t always a lake. It was built in 1961 as a reservoir for Lewis Smith Dam, with the shared goals of increasing water and hydroelectric power to, improving the business economy of, and providing recreational opportunities for the region. Though it’s not yet 60 years old, the 21,200-acre lake has quickly become a beloved and seamlessly integrated natural feature of North Alabama.

Its unique, lightning-strike shape has created thousands of peninsulas and inlets along more than 500 miles of shoreline, ensuring plenty of privacy and easy lake access for all. Clear water and deep basins provide excellent fishing. The well-planned, family-friendly Smith Lake Park is open year-round for camping, and also hosts a number of popular festivals and events, such as the 4th of July fireworks show (which can be enjoyed on the water or on land). Public marinas, restaurants and antique shops have helped to develop a charming sense of community, here.

Calling Smith Lake Home

The lake is a popular location for vacation properties, but there are many permanent residential neighborhoods, as well.

Year-round residents are enticed by the private, idyllic atmosphere, friendly neighborhoods and easy access to the city of Cullman, and to I-65 for Birmingham and Huntsville commuters. Others are drawn to the newly constructed communities, which showcase stunning waterfront houses, community pools and clubhouses. Rustic cabins, lakeside cottages, and vacant lots with beautiful views (just waiting for dream homes!) mean there’s something for every lifestyle at Smith Lake.

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There’s so much to discover at Smith Lake –it’s easy to be captivated by it. At Weichert, Realtors® – Carter & Company, we have a strong connection to these shores. We’re proud to be a part of this beautiful corner of the world.

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