RV Camping and Fishing on Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin

Four lakes, a mighty river and its dozens of tributaries come together in Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin to create prime RV camping and fishing territory. With so many places to enjoy RV camping in these highly-prized fishing grounds, you’ll need to come back several times to get a taste of each. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your first trip fishing the Tennessee River Basin in Alabama.

  • Day One – Pickwick Lake – Waterloo, AL
    This popular smallmouth bass fishing lake just three hours north of Birmingham, AL is a great place to start your trip. Camp at a private lakeside campground such as Hart’s RV Park for easy access to the water. Plan to spend at least part of your day fishing below the dam for smallmouth bass, but don’t miss exploring spots like Cypress Creek for a chance to land trophy-sized catfish. One more tip: get an Alabama fishing license if you hope to fish the Mississippi and Tennessee portions of the lake, too.
  • Day Two – Wilson Lake – Muscle Shoals, AL
    It may be the smallest of the Tennessee River Basin lakes, but Wilson Lake near Muscle Shoals, AL boast some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the US. Camp at the TVA Wilson Dam-Lower Rockpile Campground and plan to spend at least one day chasing the big ones out on the open water and in quiet coves from Wheeler Dam all the way to Wilson Dam.
  • Day Three – Wheeler Lake – Rogersville, AL
    Since you’re in the neighborhood, why not move up the Tennessee River to Joe Wheeler State Park on Wheeler Lake? Improved campgrounds in nicely-wooded environs set the stage for another day of outdoor adventure. Wheeler Lake winds its way sixty miles from Wheeler Dam to Guntersville Dam, and serves up record breaking catches of largemouth bass, blue catfish and crappie, as well as the fish this region is known for – the smallmouth bass.
  • Day Four – Lake Guntersville – Guntersville, AL
    One more lake within the Tennessee River Basin avid anglers should investigate is Lake Guntersville. Hug the shoreline and fish for largemouth bass where eleven different creeks feed into the lake. The Tennessee River’s seventy-plus mile channel through this lake, from Nickajack Dam across the border in Tennessee to Guntersville Dam, provides a seemingly endless supply of fishing excitement. Set up camp in Lake Guntersville State Park’s well-designed campground right off the water for the ultimate Alabama RV camping experience.

Fish all four lakes, or choose just one and spend some time getting to know its waters. Take advantage of Alabama’s southern campground hospitality. You’ll find it whether you camp at one of Northern Alabama’s state parks or at one of the campgrounds that caters to lake visitors. The Tennessee River Basin in Alabama is ready and waiting to show RV camping fishermen a great time.

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