Gantt Lake, Alabama, USA
Also known as: Gantt Reservoir
Gantt Lake’s location in Alabama’s coastal plain gives it an advantage of long summers, humid and warm, and winter temperatures that remain mild. The lake’s 2,747 surface acres is used for boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing and almost any other water sport.
Gantt Reservoir is an impoundment on the shallow, 230-mile Conecuh River in Alabama’s South Central Covington County. Gantt Dam was built in the 1920s by the River Falls Power Company and is now controlled by the Alabama Electric Cooperative for hydroelectric generation. The dam is about six miles north of the city of Andalusia. Its placement in Alabama’s River Heritage region makes it just a few steps from some of the nation’s most historically important sites. Montgomery, certainly rich with American heritage, is only a short distance to the north.
Although Gantt Lake is known to some as a challenging lake to fish, persevering anglers will find largemouth bass, bluegill, chain pickerel and crappie. Redear sunfish in particular is popular. Boaters may access the Conecuh River, ideal for kayakers, paddlers and canoeists. The river runs through Covington County, through the Conecuh National Forest in southwestern Covington, through western adjacent Escambia County, and into the Florida panhandle.
The Conecuh National Forest, so close to Gantt Lake, might make a fascinating trip. It offers further opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming and other options for camping, hiking, picnicking, shooting (at the Conecuh Shooting Range), horseback riding, birding and bicycling. Just a little further, over an hour away from Gantt Reservoir, are the spectacular beaches of the Gulf Coast. But if you rather stay and explore the immediate county area, the Rattlesnake Rodeo or Frank Jackson State Park in Opp might be of interest. If you are a domino fan, Andalusia hosts the world championship domino tournament yearly.
Viable vacation rental options are in the Gantt Lake area for longer or seasonal stays. And property, both waterfront and in nearby towns, are plenty. Gantt Lake’s 21 miles of shoreline is very heavily developed with lakefront homes, piers, and boathouses and the lake’s waters are irresistable on a typical sunny day. Gantt Lake offers some good fun surrounded by one of Alabama’s easy, laid back, small-town environments.
Things to do at Gantt Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Water Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- State Park
- National Forest
Fish species found at Gantt Lake
- Black Bass
- Chain Pickerel
- Largemouth Bass
- Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
Gantt Lake Photo Gallery
Gantt Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed
Water Level Control: Alabama Electric Cooperative
Surface Area: 2,747 acres
Shoreline Length: 21 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 198 feet
Average Depth: 5 feet
Maximum Depth: 40 feet
Completion Year: 1935
Drainage Area: 647 sq. miles
Trophic State: Eutrophic
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