Lewis Smith Lake was created in 1961 by the Alabama Power Company as a result of the company's construction of Lewis Smith Dam to produce hydroelectric power.
With over 600 miles of shoreline, this emerald green-appearing gem in North Alabama is rated among the cleanest man made lakes in the U.S. The lake spans over 21,000 acres in Cullman, Walker and Winston Counties and is conveniently located between Birmingham and Huntsville metro areas.
The Lewis Smith Dam is one of the largest earth and rock-filled dams in the Eastern United States. It was named in honor of Lewis Martin Smith, who was president of Alabama Power in the early to mid 1950’s. This pristine lake continues today as a story of flood control, recreation and economic opportunity, irrigation and drinking water, fish and wildlife habitats.
Easily accessible from I-65, Smith Lake is a popular weekend destination for second home buyers, boat and ski enthusiasts and fishermen from across the U.S. Large mouth , hybrid striped white and spotted bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Flathead and Channel Catfish flourish in Smith Lake’s deep clear waters.
We welcome you to visit Cullman and experience Smith Lake in North Alabama soon! If you want to rent a boat, go fishing and paddle boarding or water skiing, camp beside the cool water, listen to music lakeside at one of our parks or marinas, visit Smith Lake Dam or grab a bite to eat this Smith Lake Website is your resource for all things on beautiful Smith Lake….enjoy!