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TVA Pickwick Reservoir

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessibility available on camping site, fishing pier, restrooms, pavilion

Pickwick Reservoir is located in southwest Tennessee. It extends 53 miles south from the dam along the Mississippi-Alabama state line and then east into Alabama. The construction of the dam was completed in 1938, and the first two of its six hydroelectric generating units began operating the same year.

Pickwick Landing Dam is a significant producer of hydroelectric power. It provides a flat pool of water that extends eastward to Wilson Dam in Alabama and covers a portion of the treacherous Muscle Shoals, which once hampered navigation on the Tennessee River. Pickwick Landing received its present name from the first local postmaster whose fondness for the works of Charles Dickens prompted him to name the post office "Pickwick" in honor of the Pickwick Paper. The park was a riverboat stop, dating from the 1840's.

Seven Mile Island is TVA’s only archaeological district on the National Register of Historic Places (1979) that has evidence of over 12,000 years of human occupation in the region. The area is protected under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act.

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TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, it receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity to business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. But TVA is much more than a power company. Through its mission of service, the Tennessee Valley Authority improves the quality of life by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity; supporting communities through economic development; and carrying out environmental stewardship programs to ensure we all have a beautiful, unique place to live for generations.

How to Get There

Pickwick Landing Dam:

From I 40 W

Follow I-40 W and TN-840 W to US-31 S in Maury County

Take US-43 S, TN-240 S and US-64 W to TN-128 S in Harding County

Destination on right after turning lef on TN-128 S (5.5 miles)

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Traceand requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

Recreational Opportunities

Pickwick Reservoir has excellent sport-fishing areas, including the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the reservoir, noted for record-size smallmouth bass and catfish. Pickwick is also popular for boating and water skiing.

A large campground is located below the dam and includes 92 sites with water/electricity and eight tent sites.

Visit TVA's campgroundsfor more information about camping fees and amenities.

TVA manages 17 miles of Muscle Shoals National Recreational Trail system on Pickwick Lake and Wilson Dam. For more information about the trails visit TVA's Trails webpage.


Seasons Accessible

All seasons



Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

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