Guntersville Lake

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Guntersville Lake


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Guntersville Lake is more than 75 miles long and provides 67,900 surface acres making it the second largest lake in the TVA system. The lake is located in Jackson and Marshall counties in Alabama and Marion County in Tennessee. Guntersville Lake is noted as one of the best largemouth bass fishing lakes in the region and offers excellent crappie, catfish, and sauger fishing as well.

Map of Guntersville Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 34.372912, -86.281128



  • Boating

    Guntersville Lake, at 76 miles in length, offers an abundance of boating opportunities. Numerous boat ramps and marinas are located around the lake.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact the park for more information.

  • Camping

    There are roughly 15 campgrounds around the lake, either privately owned or on public lands.

  • Fishing

    Crappie is the number-one sportfish, usually accounting for more than half of the total catch. Bass and bluegill are also caught in large numbers. The area just below Guntersville Dam is known for its fine sauger fishing during autumn and winter, white bass in early spring, and catfish during the summer.

  • Hiking

    The area below the dam offers unique opportunities for day hiking and caving. An easy one-mile loop trail leads by a cave used during the Civil War to mine saltpeter, a basic ingredient of gunpowder.

  • Historic Sites

    An easy 1-mile loop trail below the dam leads to a cave used during the Civil War to mine saltpeter, a basic ingredient of gunpowder.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is extremely popular in the area around Guntersville Lake. Be sure to check regulations for specific areas around the lake.

  • Picnicking

    A group pavilion with picnic tables, grills, electric lighting, and seating for 158 people is available for rent.

  • RVing

    The numerous campgrounds around Guntersville Lake offer excellent opportunities for RVing.

  • Water Sports

    The huge lake offers any number of water sports, including sandy beaches, water skiing, and canoeing.



From Huntsville, AL, go east on Highway 72 or south on highway 431. From Chattanooga, go west on I-24 and take exit 152. Go south on Highway 72.


The closest major airport is in Nashville. A variety of car rental agencies is available.

Phone Numbers


(866) 494-7186