If you are looking
for a home or property for sale on Lewis Smith Lake , look no
further. As Smith Lake's top producing Realtor, I list and sell
property in all three counties of Smith Lake. For 2012, I
closed over $52,000,000 in homes and property on Lewis Smith
Lake. This is why everyone calls me "Mr. Smith Lake!"
As well as a Realtor,
I'm a LOCAL who lives on this awesome lake, and I know my way
around by road and water. I sellmillions of dollars worth of lakefront property
homes and property for sale on Lewis Smith Lake can be time
consuming and overwhelming due to the vast amount of space Smith
Lake covers. With over 500 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres
covering Walker, Winston, and Cullman counties, you need an
experienced, professional real estate agent that knows where to
go and doesn't waste your valuable time.
Choose me as your
"lakefront property real estate agent" - I will make your time
worthwhile and will ultimately meet your goal of finding the
perfect slice of lake
property, whether it is a vacant lot or a million
dollar waterfront home.
Below are a few properties
through me on Lewis
As you can see from the pictures above, I am very experienced in lakefront
property whether it be a vacant lot, a weekend getaway, or a large,
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As a Smith Lake Real Estate
Below are some common questions I am asked on a daily basis about Smith Lake
that you may not know but NEED
to understand when searching for a Smith Lake waterfront home or property:
1) Does the water level on Smith Lake stay the same?
No! The water level
of Smith Lake fluctuates a great deal. The normal pool for this
lake is 510 feet ASL (Above Sea Level). The lake will usually go
up and down a minimum of 14 feet from the normal pool. The
winter pool for the lake is 496 feet ASL. When searching for a
home, you should consider this fluctuation. See the
water level history.
So, for example, if
you look at a waterfront home or property in June with 10 feet
of water under the dock, in September odds are the dock will be
sitting on the ground.
2) What kind of dock/boathouse can I place on my Smith
Lake waterfront property?
below the 522 elevation must be approved by Alabama Power (APCO).
All applications for Smith Lake dock permits are examined on
a situational basis. An APCO representative will make the
final call on what your property will allow. Before you
purchase any type of waterfront house or property, you
should always contact Alabama Power Shoreline Management at
(205) 384-7385 to get the approval for a dock or boathouse
BEFORE you close on your property.
Most docks on
Smith Lake float due to the water fluctuation. A dock is
usually placed at the 510 elevation to maximize the usage of
the structure on the lake. Alabama Power (APCO) requires 100
feet of waterfrontage to be applicable for a full size
dock. Alabama Power will, in most cases, permit a 60 foot
walkway attached to a boathouse of no more than 32 feet in
depth. This totals a maximum of 92 feet from the 510
elevation (the normal summer pool). The maximum boathouse
size is 32 feet x 32 feet which would accommodate 2 boats.
However, if your house or property is in a narrow part of
the lake, APCO will only allow a dock and boathouse to reach
one-third the total width of the channel. If you have less
than 100 feet of waterfrontage, APCO may place some
restrictions on what size boathouse you will be able to
Below are some
pictures of various types of boathouses available on Smith
A typical single
slip boat house is 18ft x 32ft
A typical double
slip boat house is 32ft x 32ft
Single Slip w/PWC lifts
Single Slip w/swim deck:
Single Slip Top Entry:
Single Slip Side Entry:
Double Slip with sundeck:
Double Slip w/sundeck & roof:
I have contact information for boathouse builders as well as all the
contact information for Alabama Power regarding the rules and
regulations on the lake.
When I see a Smith Lake waterfront home or property that is
advertised as "seasonal water," what does that mean?
"Seasonal water" is a
term meaning that the water on the lakefront property will
recede completely during the off season rather than having "year
round" water. Since Smith Lake fluctuates a great deal, many
properties will lose water when the water level drops during the
winter months. Usually, waterfront properties such as these will
have water from late spring until early September, depending on
a number of factors. Some lakefront properties could be
completely dry in August while others may keep water until late
September. This varies tremendously throughout Smith Lake .
When you are in
question about a waterfront home or property having seasonal
water, check the depth and compare it with the current water
level at the dam or
Smith Lake Water
This is seasonal water:
The boathouse above will be floating normally when
the water rises to the normal pool of 510 ASL in the summer
The swim pier above is sitting on the ground at
this point. However, it will be floating during the summer
4) Do all areas of Smith Lake have a public water supply
and sewer system?
As for a water
supply, some areas of Smith Lake have public water and others
must have a well drilled to obtain water. You should ask this
question before you purchase any type of home or property on
Smith Lake . There are local companies who do well drilling and
could give you an estimate on this type of water system.
As for a sewer
system, all homes on Smith Lake require an onsite septic tank
system to accommodate wastewater. When purchasing a home or
property with an existing septic tank, I would suggest a septic
system inspection performed by a professional septic tank
As an experienced
Smith Lake professional, I have all the information on these
topics as well as contact information for all types of companies
specializing in water and septic systems.
How are taxes assessed on my home or property on Smith Lake ?
Depending on the
county in which your home or property is located, a certified
county appraiser will usually assess your home or property and
determine the value and you will be taxed on that amount per the
Below is a sample tax appraisal
for a Smith Lake house in Winston County:
6) Is there any charge for placing a dock on Smith Lake ?
Yes. There is a
$250 fee required by Alabama Power to obtain a new permit for a
Smith Lake dock or boathouse. A representative from APCO
will meet with you to inform you of the type of structure your
property will allow per their regulations.
Shoreline Management can be reached at:
Smith Lake has plenty of marinas with gas pumps located directly on the
water for easy access when it is time to fill up. Some marinas are open year
round with fishing/tackle items, boat rentals, and everything you need to
hit the water.
At this time, there is no speed limit on the water. However,
several "no wake" zones are posted throughout Smith Lake meaning that your
boat/watercraft must be driven only at idle speeds in these zones.
Just remember that state law requires all people operating a vessel to
obtain a boater's license.
12) When I see a
property advertised as "restricted", what does that mean?
"Restricted" usually means that a
property has restrictive covenants that govern what type of house can be
built in a subdivision. For example, most subdivisions on Smith Lake
are restricted to site built homes with square footages ranging from 1200 to
2000 minimums. However, every subdivision has a separate set of
recorded covenants tailored to that subdivision which are usually recorded
at that county's courthouse.
Before purchasing any type of
property with restrictions, you should review the recorded covenants
(restrictions) located at the courthouse in which your property is located
so you will be informed in the beginning and not surprised later down the
Note---some developers provide
a "Summation of Covenants" which summarizes the recorded version into a one
page copy. I do not recommend relying on just this document. The
recorded covenants explain all aspects of the subdivision restrictions in
great lengths and are usually 15-30 pages long. These are easily
obtainable and are public records.
"Chasing" the water simply means you roll your boat dock out when the water
levels are down to keep the structure floating. Some properties on Smith
Lake have a large amount of shallow shoreline or sandy beach before the
property drops off into deeper water. Chasing allows the boat dock to
be temporarily extended until the water levels come back up.
15) Justin, why do you
call Smith Lake home?
I call Smith Lake home for multiple reasons. I enjoy all types of
water sports such as skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, etc. I really enjoy
getting out on the lake and having some fun in a boat or jet ski, or simply
"pier sitting" on a dock with family and friends.
Smith Lake also has tremendous
appreciation in property values each year. So, as a Smith Lake
property owner, I purchase multiple properties each year knowing that my
investments will be solid for years to come.
Smith Lake is convenient to
Huntsville, Birmingham, Jasper, Cullman, and so many more cities. I
can look out at beautiful Smith Lake everyday and be at any one of these
towns in just a short drive.
Smith Lake is a beautiful place
with so much to offer! Give our lake a try!
IF YOU HAVE ANY
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SMITH LAKE, PLEASE
Below are some
facts about Smith Lake as well as some pictures of various areas and sites
on the lake:
Smith Lake covers over 21,000 acres and has over 500 miles
of shoreline with crystal clear waters and depths reaching up to 300 feet in
some parts. The lake covers Walker, Winston, and Cullman counties.
Smith Lake is only one hour north of Birmingham or one hour south of
Huntsville via Interstate 65. This recreational playground is the home
of many year round residents as it is also a place for many weekenders.
The waters of Smith Lake are emerald green and are not polluted in any way.
You can ride Smith Lake for days and never see the same spot twice!
The Lewis Smith Dam
The waters of Lewis Smith Lake are so clean and clear and
it has been rated as the 3rd cleanest lake in the United States! People of all ages flock to Smith Lake because of the crystal clear waters
that run deep throughout the three counties.
Water like glass in the early morning on Yellow Creek
Perfect skiing water
Crystal Clear water over at The Sipsey Pines
Smith Lake will spoil you with the clean water
Beautiful natural rock shoreline on Rock Creek.
Smith Lake is full of natural rock formations eliminating the
need for a sea wall or rip rap
Gals riding the 'Doo
Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) are very
popular on Smith Lake as well as ski boats and pontoons
Duncan Bridge (Winston County)
This bridge has recently been painted and lighted for higher visibility for
late night boating
Another shot of Duncan Bridge from a house nearby
Rock Creek in the late afternoon
Emerald Green Water
(Summer Place Subdivision)
View down the Sipsey
Awesome Rock Shore
(The Peninsula Subdivision)
Mid afternoon Haze: HOT !
Another View of Rock Creek near Rock Creek Marina
Here again is the emerald water
Rolling Hills Subdivision on
Yellow Creek near the Big Bend Subdivision
Great view of Brushy Creek
View of The Sipsey from Lake Point Subdivision
View from a crane 14 stories high on property in Walker County
facing Duncan Bridge.