Neely Henry Lake

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Neely Henry Lake
Location Calhoun / Etowah / St. Clair counties, Alabama, US
Coordinates 33°50′N 86°04′W / 33.84°N 86.06°W / 33.84; -86.06Coordinates: 33°50′N 86°04′W / 33.84°N 86.06°W / 33.84; -86.06
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Coosa River
Primary outflows Coosa River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 11,200 acres (45 km2)
Surface elevation 508 ft (155 m)
Settlements Gadsden, Southside, Rainbow City
Neely Henry Dam and Powerhouse, Coosa River near Anniston, Alabama, 1996

Neely Henry Lake is located on the Coosa River near Gadsden, Alabama. The lake was formed by the Neely Henry Dam (57 ft high), built in 1966 by Alabama Power Company for hydroelectric power and recreation.

Completed on June 2, 1966, the dam and reservoir were named for H. Neely Henry, a senior executive vice-president of Alabama Power. The dam has a 72,900 kilowatt generating capacity; the lake covers 11,200 surface acres (45.3 km²) with a total capacity of 129,800 acre-feet and about 339 miles of shoreline. The nearest town is Ohatchee, Alabama to the East of the dam, and Ragland, Alabama to the West. It is an excellent recreational lake with fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill and other sunfish, crappie, catfish, striped bass, hybrid and white bass. Alabama Power maintains three public access sites on the lake.[1]


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