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03-21-2013, 09:06 PM
Considering a job down in Brimingham area. Can anyone tell me about the water situation there?

03-21-2013, 10:21 PM
As far as lakes in the area?

03-21-2013, 10:24 PM
Haha, yeah. Guess I could have been talking about the drinking water...

03-21-2013, 10:39 PM
Smith lake is only an hour or so north. It's really nice there. The lake is really clean and deep.

03-21-2013, 10:57 PM
Hey...Hoover resident here, which is a suburb of Birmingham. You've got a couple of lake options in a reasonable distance.

We're on Smith Lake. It's 45-60 minutes northwest of Birmingham. Dam-made lake, not very wide, but a lot of coves/fingers. Very deep (100-300'). Very clean. Some areas of the lake have a lot of houses, some areas undeveloped yet. Medium to heavy crowds on weekends, weekdays pretty quiet. You'll see a lot of pontoons, deckboats, and some wakeboats.

Several other choices nearby. Lake Martin is a bit farther - maybe 1.5 hours away. A bit bigger than Smith. We haven't spent time on it. Basic reputation is that its more popular and a bit more of a party lake, although I'm sure there are some quiet areas.

Additionally, there is Lay Lake and Lake Logan-Martin (which I think has had some real water level problems lately).

So there are quiet a few choices within a short drive.

What are you looking for in a lake?

03-21-2013, 11:17 PM
I second Smith Lake. Beautiful. There is also Logan Martin about 45mins North East, but there are several shallow spots and you really need to know that lake. Not sure when you are planning on coming to Bham, but Logan Martin level is still down but should be back up to full pool in the next couple months. There is also Lake Mitchell about an hour South. It is very similar to Lay Lake which is also about the same distance, maybe a little closer. There are plenty of deeper spots but there is also a good bit of boulders under water. My personal favorite is Lake Martin, which is about an hour and a half away. It has plenty of deep water and is marked pretty well. The level is still down right now about 3.5' from full pool, but plenty deep enough to run a boat. At full pool avg depth is 41' and there are plenty of public ramps. Just be aware that this lake is pretty large and you may need to take a GPS with you or someone that knows the lake. If you come in the next few months, I would be happy to show you around Martin. There is also Lake Tuscaloosa, but I really do not know anything about that lake other than it is about an hour and a half give or take away from Bham. All in all, you have plenty of great choices in the area.

03-22-2013, 09:17 AM
The guys have covered most every lake within a reasonable drive. I'm on LT which is a beautiful lake. Not nearly as big as Smith or Martin though and can get very crowded on weekends.

Their is also Bankhead lake which is part of the Warrior river system and is west of B'ham. Plenty of places to ride on it, but it has very heavy fishing traffic.

03-22-2013, 09:18 AM
Who is your opportunity with in Birmingham? I work in B'ham and have for......well, too long.

03-28-2013, 04:00 PM
we like smith lake. i guess the biggest downside is that is more of a huge river system. the lake has tons of shoreline, but i don't think there is any point where you can't see shore. on the plus side, its very deep and very clean and except for holiday weekends, you can usually find decent water. martin is a probably more prestigious as that is where the "old" money in birmingham goes to buy a multimillion dollar lake house. to me the biggest downside to lake martin is fighting the traffic on highway 280 that connects bham and auburn. smith lake and logan-martin both have interstate access from bham.

on a personal note, maybe i don't want you at smith. your great new interior will make my old x30 look bad. its bad enough there's a guy on here with a new x30 on smith.

03-28-2013, 04:07 PM
Well, it looks like I may either be in the B'ham or Huntsville area now. I work for the military and I have been in the Tennessee area for quite a long time now. I'm ready to head a little further south and try and get another month or so out of my boat season.

03-28-2013, 04:10 PM
smith if you want to find a spot to ski... martin if you want to pull up to chimney rock and "socialize"/people and boat watch (its pretty laid back and won't have to tie to a million drunks)

everybody else has covered everything else that's just my two cents

03-28-2013, 04:15 PM
huntsville will put you pretty close to the tennessee river. only been there a few times. huntsville is also a pretty straight shot to smith lake right down I65. some of our lake neighbors are from huntsville.

03-28-2013, 07:09 PM
Tim's Ford Lake is close to Huntsville too. I know alot of folks live in Huntsville has second homes on Tim's Ford. Nice lake and has alot of lake houses with docks.

03-28-2013, 07:41 PM
I'm in Huntsville, and I usually go to the TN river. It's a 15 minute drive to the nearest boat ramp. The water isn't bad on mornings and weekdays. On weekend afternoons it gets crowded and choppy. Smith is really nice. Like others have said: clean, deep water and you can almost always find butter, even on weekends.

03-28-2013, 08:07 PM
Guntersville is only 30-45 mins from Huntsville, beware of the millfoil (sp?). We used to keep our boat there and man that stuff would give me the willies falling and having that stuff all over you, it could really make a mess of your prop too.

We are on Smith now and it, as others have said, is awesome and extremely clean. Second cleanest lake in the US at one point, or so I've heard.