I found this article about the history of Clear Creek Falls and Falls City on Smith Lake. It dates back to the 1800s. http://www.freestateofwinston.org/fallscity.htm It is kind of a long article, but there is some interesting information buried in it. The residents tried to promote Clear Creek Falls as a tourist attraction. They saw Smith Lake as an impossibility, and there was no perceived value. The irony is that the government recreational areas were built only after Smith Lake was created.
The search for Lewis Smith Lake real estate is an exciting endeavor. The thought of moving to the lake and living in a water front home lingers in many of our minds. Until one day, we decide to pursue this heart felt dream. Some of us will buy a lake home, while others will purchase the perfect lot on which to build their new dream house. Before you dive in head first, there are many things that you should consider in order to secure your long time happiness on Smith Lake. Following price, the number one concern of which you should be aware is whether or not your chosen property is located on seasonal or year round water frontage. Smith Lake is designed to normally fluctuate about fourteen feet between full pool and winter pool. Full pool is identified by the elevation of 510 feet above sea level. This means that if you purchase a property that has a depth of only 10 feet at your dock, then your dock will probably have no water under it during the winter draw down period.To insure year round use of your Smith Lake property, I would recommend you find a property that is at least 20 feet deep at the shallowest part of your dock when the lake is at full pool. This will provide you with uninterrupted use of your Smith Lake get away. If you are only interested in using your dock during the warmer months, then you might consider the purchase of real estate with seasonal water frontage. You might think that the only elevation that is important is that of full pool. You also need to be aware that Alabama Power owns a flood easement on your property all the way to the 522 feet elevation. In the last few years, FEMA has also gotten involved with flooding concerns in the Smith Lake area, and now you will have to have flood insurance if your home is not strategically positioned above the 524 feet elevation mark. The flood easement is not the only easement that can affect your property. You need to research whether the property has an access easement, and if the property offers easements to others such as ingress/egress easements, power company easements, and water company easements. You need to research the property of interest and find out if there are any additional building set backs, restrictions, or HOAs that will affect your use of the property. Many subdivisions require minimum set backs, minimum square footage, and some even require construction with specific architectural design. It is very important for you to be aware of these covenants and the fees associated with them before you commit to the purchase of any real estate on Smith Lake. A little extra homework prior to your purchase will add a substantial amount of happiness after the sale. Some other issues that many people forget are to make sure power and water are readily available at the site in question. If not, you need to determine the costs associated with the installation of such services. You also need to determine if the property has city water or well water. If it has well water, collect a water sample and send it to the health department for examination and look into available filtration systems. Please make sure you obtain a recent survey for any real estate that you purchase. There is nothing worse than starting your Smith Lake adventure with a property dispute or finding out you did not buy what you thought you were buying. If you are buying land, have the surveyor do a perc test to insure that you will be able to have a septic system for your new home. If you are buying an existing house, have the septic system inspected to make sure you are not buying a problem. Obvously this is not a problem you want to have. If the property already has a boat dock, check with Alabama Power about transferring the dock permit and to make sure that the dock is in compliance with their rules. If your property does not have a dock, contact Alabama Power to make sure that it can be permitted. You will be greatly disappointed if you discover later that your new home can not have a dock for some unforeseen reason. Also, observe the boat traffic in the area that interests you. Sometimes being on the main body of the lake is both an advantage and a disadvantage. I just wanted to share these ideas regarding the selection of real estate on Smith Lake. I hope it helps you to make an informed decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to help you! Lee McKibben LeeMcKibben@gmail.com www.housesonsmithlake.com 256-590-7306 https://plus.google.com/107639473266998169573?rel=author https://plus.google.com/107639473266998169573?rel=author
This newly updated lake home is located on the Walker County side of Smith Lake with a view of Duncan Bridge. This Smith Lake home for sale has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This house can accommodate a large family or lots of guest. There’s 2 fire places, hardwood floors, crown moulding, and beautiful lake views in several rooms. It is situated on a one acre lot and has approximately 3000 square feet per owner. This property offers about 98 feet of water frontage on the main body of the Sipsey and what a view. Asking $449,900 Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306 www.housesonSmithLake.com
Smith Lake Property FactsIf you have a Lewis Smith Lake home or know somebody with a house on Smith Lake, I am sure that you already know that Smith Lake is very clean and very deep compared to other lakes and rivers, but did you know that it has an average depth of sixty-five feet. And did you know that it is the deepest lake in the state of Alabama with a maximum depth of two hundred sixty four feet. It is relatively easy to discover that this reservoir resides in three counties: Cullman County, Walker County, and Winston County. Smith Lake is a very large body of water. Even though its length is only thirty five miles from end to end, its perimeter covers over six hundred forty two miles. Obviously, Smith Lake is a very large body of water. It contains the second largest volume of water in the state which is fed by a nine hundred forty four mile watershed. At full pool, which is five hundred ten feet above sea level, this impoundment houses one million three hundred ninety thousand acre-feet of water, and the water stays in Smith Lake longer than any other lake in the state. The water moves through the lake for approximately four hundred thirty five days before it exits through the dam. Many people are disappointed when they see Lewis Smith Lake Dam for the first time. Everyone seems to expect the water to spill over the top of the dam. Smith Lake Dam is not designed for the water to run over it. In fact, if you look around the top side of the dam, you will see a lot of level land that has been dug out at the launch and across Smith Lake Dam Road. These areas are designed to hold water in the event of a severe flood so that the dam and the areas below the dam are not destroyed by the erosion that would be caused by such an enormous amount of water that would otherwise rush over the dam. How does the water leave the lake then? In an effort to elude this type of disaster, the water is pulled through two huge steel pipes which are located deep below the lake’s surface on the high side of the dam. Did you know water is always flowing through the dam leaving Smith Lake? The water flows through the pipes at different rates depending on the need for electricity and the volume of water entering the lake at any given time. Because water is always flowing through the dam, the turbines are always spinning, sometimes generating power and at other times acting like a voltage regulator for the stored electricity. You have probably never thought about it, but the water flowing through the dam is very cold year round since it is drawn from such deep water. Did you know that the water below Smith Lake Dam maintains a temperature of approximately 57 degrees fahrenheit? This is why the state of Alabama started stocking the tailwaters of Smith Lake with rainbow trout. They stock the Sipsey Fork below the dam seven times a year at the end of each of the following months: January, March, April, May , July, September, and November. Did you know that they release between 3500 and 4000 hatchery raised rainbow trout into this river at each stocking? They continue to stock the river because the rainbow trout can not reproduce here due to the swift currents and the rapidly changing level of the water below the dam. The eggs are either washed away, or they surface during low water times. It is nice to know that we have the opportunity to fish for these trout right here in Alabama. It is just one more characteristic of Smith Lake that makes it special. If you are more of a traditional fisherman, it might interest you that Smith Lake has held records for spotted bass and saltwater stripe. You might want to try your luck off of the shores of the Bankhead National Forest. Did you know the Bankhead National forest provides 3 parks on Smith Lake for your enjoyment? You ought to check out Clear Creek Recreational area, Houston Recreational area, and Corinth Recreational area when you are ready to start experiencing Lewis Smith Lake. I know you will love it here, and you will be drawn to the unique beauty. for more information about Smith Lake, please visit www.HousesOnSmithLake.com or to search for a lake home www.housesonsmithlake.com/houses-for-sale-on-smith-lake/
Smith Lake Home for Sale
Motivated Seller!!! Make Offer!!!
This Smith Lake home has been reduced for a QUICK sell. It is located in Bear Branch on Smith Lake. Approximately one acre with 95 feet of waterfront 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. 2 family rooms. 2 covered porches, one is screened. The porches are Very large, spacious detached garage/ workshop. 2 carports. This lake home features a gazebo overlooking Smith Lake and a large 2 slip boathouse with swim pier. Has 2 boat lifts and fish cleaning station. Also has nice slide and diving board for the kids. ONLY $229,900. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306 or visit www.HousesOnSmithLake.com to search more properties on Lewis Smith Lake.
Smith Lake Home
Smith Lake, /Rock Creek, Private wooded 2 acres of land with 186Ft. of Waterfrontage. Two story lake home, main level has 3BB/2BA, open living rm/kitchen/dining area with vaulted ceiling, lots of windows, Hardwood/tile flooring, Basement has 1BR/1BA, 2 large finished rooms, 2 large decks on lakeside. 2 slip boathouse with 186′ WF. New Alarm System. REDUCED AGAIN $265,000.
Smith Lake Home on Yellow Creek
Rustic one bedroom, one bath Cabin on premium peninsula shaped lot. Covered decks on front and back. This property also has a deck from the house to the waterfront overlooking yellow creek. The lot is absolutely fantastic! It offers approximately 800 feet of shoreline with wide body views and year round water. Great Buy!!!! $239,900
Approximately 30 wooded acres at the entrance of Pine Ridge Subdivision. Land is unrestricted and has lots of frontage on Old Arley Road and County Road 3174. Calla Lee McKibben for more information 256-590-7306
Attention developers and land barons!!! Large waterfront parcel located at Big Bend in Houston, Alabama on Lewis Smith Lake. Borders the Bankhead National forest on the west side. Approximately 2000 feet of shoreline & 111 acres. This land could be subdivided into a gated community, used as a corporate retreat, or made into a very nice family estate. Property is wooded and has plenty of level land, even enough to add an air strip. Property is accessible from 2 sides on paved roads. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306. This bargain won’t last long!!! $799,900
23 acres of land located at Highway 63 and Hickory Grove Road. Property is fenced and lays very well. Acreage has 2 old structures that are in poor shape. Land would make a great mini farm. Cut hay or bring your livestock. It is ready for use. Call Lee McKibben for more information 256-590-7306
Unrestricted wooded lot on deep water in Cane Creek, Robinsons Bottoms on Brewer Lake Rd. Approximately one acre. Rock shoreline. public water and power available. Foreclosure. Unrestricted lots on Lewis Smith Lake are getting harder to find. What a bargain!!
Lake Shore East lot # 25 is nestled in a culdesac in a restricted subdivision. There are many nice homes in the area. Approximately 1 acre and 160 feet of water frontage on Lewis Smith Lake. You will love the very gentle slope to the water!!! . Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306
Close to I-65, 2008 Double Wide, on brick foundation, furnished, stack rock gas log fireplace, large decks, 120 ft. waterfront, deep year around water, 1 slip Boathouse with swim pier. Ready for you to enjoy Smith Lake. $259,000. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306
Two acre lot in Highland Shores subdivision on Smith Lake. This unique lake property offers expansive views of Clear Creek. Privacy and convenience to Jasper and Curry. Community Boat Launch and pavilion. Seller will even finance this lakefront hideaway. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306
Upgraded Condo Unit on end of building on second floor. Balcony has an AWESOME view of the main channel of Smith Lake in both directions. Pool, Boat Slip, elevator, and gated entry. Ceiling Fans, ceramic tile, under cabinet lights, nice appliance package, Fantastic tile shower and garden tub. $284,350. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306
You better move quickly to get this deal on a pristine lot located in gated community on Smith Lake. This restricted subdivision is very convenient to Jasper and Curry. Walk down to deep water and relax on the 103 feet of shoreline in Clear Creek. Seller has even agreed to finance the property long term with exceptional terms. $89,435. Call for More details!
RANDOLPH COVE Jasper, AL 35503 MLS #14-1908 Beautiful off water lot in Hidden Falls Subdivision on Smith Lake. Hidden Falls is a gated and restricted community which offers security and privacy in an area you will be proud to build your home. Convenient to Jasper, Alabama. Ask about owner financing! $13,395. Call Lee McKibben 256-590-7306
Ryan Creek, Great investment. Cozy Smith Lake Cottage, 3BR/2BA, open living rm/kitchen, w/rock fireplace. Plus 14×60 2BR/1BA mobile home, living rm/kitchen combo. Lakeviews from both homes, on 2.5 AC. Level half acre lot cross road, ideal place for entertainment area, 90ft. WF. boathouse deep water w/stunning views. Sprinkler System, 10,000 Watt Generator. Motivated! Already REDUCED $249,900
Arley, Little Dismal, Private area, but close to Jasper. Modular Home, w/9Ft. ceilings, on block foundation. Move in Ready. 3BR/2BA, Master Bath has Garden Tub, Shower, Large Living Rm, Kitchen, Dining Rm with walk out deck, so you can enjoy your morning coffee and view of Smith Lake. 128Ft. rock shoreline, waterfall, 1 slip B/H w/swim pier, deep water. Owner may Finance. REDUCED, $195,000.
Smith Lake on Brushy Creek main body. Charming Lake Cottage, 2BR/1BA, vaulted ceiling, sunroom, sold ”FURNISHED”! Non-restricted lot with 211 shoreline, BH w/2 boat lifts, 3 Jet Ski Lifts, on deep Water, INCREDIBLE VIEWS!! Lot has cut out for Basement for future Home or another cabin, also has cut in golf cart road, for easy access to bottom level. Listed below $200K. A must see, before you buy.