Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake, Tennessee, USA

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Also known as:  Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreation Lake

The Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake is the newest addition to water-based fun in West Tennessee. This brand-new lake opened for the first time on the first day of spring, 2013. The March 20th opening was the culmination of 14 years of planning and required coordination and permits from both federal and state agencies to finally be completed. Officials from several agencies joined the Carroll County Watershed Authority officers and about 200 interested citizens as the first fishing boat launched to enjoy what is expected to be excellent fishing. More than 600,000 fish have been planted in the lake over the past three years and allowed to grow to maturity. A local bass tournament club conducted a ‘test fish’ event on the lake earlier and caught over 400 fish during their trial. They have already declared that Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake will be their signature home lake for upcoming tournaments.

During planning and construction the lake had been called Carroll County Lake, but a contest was held to give the lake an official name. ‘Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake’ was the official name chosen. Locals will likely shorten the name back to Carroll County Lake in daily speech. A more formal opening event is planned for Memorial Day, 2013. By that time it is expected that boat slips and a restaurant will be completed. Two public sand beaches have been constructed, and swimming areas will be marked off with buoys. Public restroom/bathhouse facilities have been built. The lake will be open for waterskiing, tubing, pontooning, sailing and most water sports. No-wake zones will be marked. An old home on the property has been renovated to act as a lakeside gathering place and office space for lake management and a concessionaire. A wide veranda invites people to sit and enjoy lakefront festivities, and a 7.3 mile walking trail along the shoreline is in the planning stages. Access permits will be available by the day or the season, with lifetime access permits available for Carroll County residents.

Already, fishermen are excited about the new fishing opportunities at Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake. Expected catches will include largemouth bass, breem or bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie, blue catfish and channel catfish. Three hundred acres near the dam are reserved for fishing only and managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A fishing license is required, and creel limits are set by the TWRA. The entire lake is open to fishing, with the many coves and branches providing excellent areas for anglers. Wildlife have already discovered the new lake, and bald eagles are already seen in the trees overlooking the expanse of water. It is expected that paddle sports fans will enjoy the area along the 22 miles of shoreline. .

In order to facilitate development along Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake, sewer service has been extended from nearby Huntingdon and subdivision areas have been zoned. Already lots are for sale along the new waterfront. The Carroll County Watershed Authority owns 50 feet back from the water’s edge, but homeowners will be able to purchase permits for a personal dock, with accommodations for commercial docking facilities in the areas zoned as commercial development. New housing is expected to revitalize the Carroll County area with new economic development as new business moves in.

The nearby small city of Huntingdon is eagerly awaiting the benefits they expect from the new recreation lake. Already a new shooting range has been constructed, and a new archery range will soon be finished. Huntingdon has spruced up its nearly 200-year-old downtown area, the crowning touch being the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center and the Hal Holbrook Theatre. Before her 2010 death, Dixie Carter (best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women) supported the development of the Center financially, and her husband Hal Holbrook was instrumental in the planning stages. As a Tennessee native, Miss Carter enjoyed showing how attractive life could be in a rural small town. The Center is a fine addition to the community and supports regular concerts, a children’s choir and various artistic events. Throughout the year Huntingdon hosts a Heritage Festival, Memorial Day celebration, flea markets and events at the city’s Civic Center. Lodgings are available in Huntingdon such as a hotel and motels, with plenty of restaurants and shops to round out any visit.

A dam constructed across Reedy Creek created Carroll County Thousand Acre Lake. The lake’s construction addressed the county’s need for a recreational resource and its need to remediate environmental concerns. Because of long years of farming, straightening of creeks, and draining of wetlands, the watershed experienced erosion and flooding. From a place that early settlers referred to as having ’50 bushel of frogs per acre’, many acres of wetlands disappeared. Carroll County was in decline, with little recreation to attract visitors and new development. Although the new reservoir drowned 100+ acres of remaining wetlands, 300 acres along the shoreline, previously drained for farming, will be returned to wetland with the planting of mixed wetland trees to welcome wildlife. Additional remediation involved nearby Crooked Creek. Although the creek had been straightened in previous years, destroying acres of wetlands, 2.3 miles of the creek have been restored to its natural meandering course.

Six federal and state agencies were involved in the project, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, which resulted in the largest mitigation in the history of the Corp’s southeast region. The project was so successful that the Carroll County Watershed Authority and its consulting engineer, J. R. Wauford & Company Consulting Engineers, Inc., were recognized as Grand Award winners by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for the design of the Carroll County 1000-Acre Recreation Lake project. Originally estimated to cost about $10 million dollars, the 14-year process more than doubled the final cost. Carroll County residents voted for a $10 ‘wheel tax’ to pay for the new lake, and federal and state grants paid for the rest of the cost. The benefits of fishing revenue, flood reduction, and wetland mitigation outweigh the construction costs, considering that fishing is one of the top revenue-generating sports in the world.

Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake is located along US Highway 70 between the towns of Jackson and Huntingdon, the county seat of Carroll County. Entry to the lake is from Highway 70, via Baker Road to Reedy Creek Road, to the lake office, beach and boat ramp. If you’re visiting the West Tennessee area, a stop at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreation Lake is a must. The fish are biting, and summer will bring swimming and boating activities into full swing. Be one of the first to visit the lake and look over new building lots.

Things to do at Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding

Fish species found at Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Carroll County Watershed Authority

Surface Area: 1,000 acres

Shoreline Length: 22 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 500 feet

Average Depth: 17 feet

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Water Volume: 17,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 2013

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Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

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A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

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This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

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This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

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- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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