Alabama Map

Wheeler Lake

Contact Info
Tennessee Valley Authority - Wheeler Watershed Team
Reservation Road
PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010



Wheeler Lake was created in 1936 as one of the first major dam projects on the Tennessee River for flood control, power generation, and navigation. The lake is 74 miles long, has 1,063 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 67,100 acres. Nearby cities include Huntsville, Athens, and Decatur, Alabama. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 34,500 acres, is a major feature of Wheeler Lake. White crappie, largemouth bass, and sunfish are among the principal sport fish.


Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Decatur, AL, is on the shore of Wheeler Lake. From Huntsville, take I-565 south to Decatur. From Athens, take I-65 south or Highway 72 west to Joe Wheeler State Park.

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