Guntersville Lake

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Guntersville Lake
USACE Guntersville Lock and Dam.jpg
Guntersville Lock and Dam
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Location of the lake in Alabama
LocationJackson / Marshall counties, Alabama, United States
Coordinates34°25′23″N 086°23′32″W / 34.42306°N 86.39222°W / 34.42306; -86.39222Coordinates: 34°25′23″N 086°23′32″W / 34.42306°N 86.39222°W / 34.42306; -86.39222
Lake typereservoir
Primary inflowsTennessee River
Primary outflowsTennessee River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length75 mi (121 km)
Surface area69,000 acres (28,000 ha)

Guntersville Lake (generally referred to locally as Lake Guntersville) is located in north Alabama between Bridgeport and Guntersville.


The lake stretches 75 miles (121 km) from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam. It is Alabama's largest lake at 69,000 acres (280 km²).[1]


The lake was created by Guntersville Dam along the Tennessee River. Both the lake and the dam received their names from the town of Guntersville, which received its name from an early settler of the area, John Gunter.

In the 1950s, German scientists brought to the United States under Operation Paperclip who lived in Huntsville, Alabama purchased houses by the lake.[2]

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  1. ^ "Guntersville Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2006-05-02.
  2. ^ Laney, Monique (2015). German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past During the Civil Rights Era. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-300-19803-4.

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