Lewis Smith Dam
The Lewis M. Smith Dam is the largest earthen dam in the eastern United States. The dam, dedicated in May 1961 and put into service on September 5 of that year, is 2,200 feet long and reaches a maximum height of 300 feet. It was designed to withstand "any shock or explosion except that of a direct hit by an atomic bomb".
Located on the Sipsey Fork, the uppermost lake on the Black Warrior River near Jasper in Walker County, the dam creates Smith Lake. Built by Alabama Power, construction began on November 25, 1957 and continued for four years.
Construction of the dam submerged Clear Creek Falls near Jasper. The falls area supported a diverse habitat of Mountain laurel, white azaleas and Canadian hemlocks. Blanch Evans Dean and Herbert McCullough led naturalists' protests of the site's destruction, but were unsuccessful.
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- Darr, Doug (2008) Fish and Fishing in Smith Lake. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- "Citizen Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring of Alabama's Reservoirs: Volume 1: Lewis Smith Lake" (October 1999) Alabama Water Watch
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- Lewis Smith Lake at outdooralabama.com
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