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Guntersville Lake
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Guntersville Lake
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Location of the lake in Alabama
Location Jackson / Marshall counties, Alabama, United States
Coordinates 34°25′23″N 086°23′32″W / 34.42306°N 86.39222°W / 34.42306; -86.39222
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows Tennessee River
Primary outflows Tennessee River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 75 mi (121 km)
Surface area 69,000 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).


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.

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