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Description - The dam was completed in 1938 and the first two of its six hydroelectric generating units began operation the same year. Pickwick Landing Dam is a significant producer of hydroelectric power. It provides a flat pool of water that extends eastward to Wilson Dam in Alabama and covers a portion of the treacherous Muscle Shoals, which once hampered navigation on the Tennessee River. Pickwick Reservoir has excellent sportfishing areas, including the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the reservoir, noted for record-size smallmouth bass and catfish. Another favorite spot is the discharge basin at Colbert Fossil Plant west of Sheffield, Alabama, where the warm water discharged from the power plant attracts fish during cold weather. Pickwick is popular with water skiers, and its large campground located on the water below the dam includes 35 sites with full hookups.

Attractions - Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground This is a self-service campground (731-925-4346). 95 campsites, 66 with water and electric hookups. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables and grills, boat ramp below dam, tailwater bank fishing, bird-watching.

Recreation - Visitors can enjoy sport fishing, water skiing, camping, birdwatching and picnicing. Pickwick Reservoir has excellent sportfishing areas, including the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the reservoir, noted for record-size smallmouth bass and catfish. Another favorite spot is the discharge basin at Colbert Fossil Plant west of Sheffield, Alabama, where the warm water discharged from the power plant attracts fish during cold weather.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Pickwick Reservoir is located in southwest Tennessee. It extends 53 miles south from the dam along the Mississippi-Alabama state line and then east into Alabama. Near Counce, Tennessee. From junction of Hwy. 57 and Hwy. 128, go 1.5 miles north on Hwy. 128 across dam, then west below dam.


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Pickwick Reservoir, Powerhouse Drive , Counce, TN, 38326, Phone: 731-925-4346

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