Summer lake days are coming—5 amazing lakes near Huntsville

Smith Lake in Alabama—one of 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville
I can’t wait for amazing summer views like this. (Smith Lake Alabama / Facebook)

The small stretches of warm weather we’ve been getting are making me dream of summer lake days. If you’re in the same boat as me, check out these 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville + the top activities you can do at each destination.

1. Lake Guntersville

Lake Guntersville in Alabama
City Harbor is a one-stop-shop for fun on Lake Guntersville—one of 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville. (Explore Lake Guntersville / Facebook)

Want to experience the wonder of Alabama’s largest lake? Then check out all you can do on these 67,900 acres.

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BONUS: Lake Guntersville will host a major pro bass fishing tournament in 2025.

Where to eat:

  • See these top 11 restaurants on Lake Guntersville, including burgers, oysters, fine dining + more

Where to stay:

Distance from Huntsville: 1 hr + 5 min

2. Lewis Smith Lake

Smith Lake in Alabama
Smith Lake is an Alabama gem—and it’s one of the 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville. (Smith Lake Alabama / Facebook)

I’ve hardly ever seen waters more gorgeous than Smith Lake. Located between Birmingham and Huntsville,

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Distance from Huntsville: 1 hr + 13 min

3. Lake Weiss

Weiss Lake in Alabama
Discover why Lake Weiss is one of the top 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville. (Beverley Abernathy Hightower / Facebook)

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Distance from Huntsville: 1 hr + 51 min

4. Wilson Lake

Wilson Lake in Alabama
Experience sunsets like this on Wilson Lake—one of the 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville. (Just Breathe / Facebook)

Wilson Lake attracts boaters and anglers from all over the state. Here are some of the top activities on this Alabama gem:

What to do:

  • Great fishing
  • Check out the fishing tournaments
  • Boating, skiing, kayaking + canoeing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking + biking

Where to eat:

  • See the top restaurants around Wilson Lake, including steak, Southern cuisine + more.

Where to stay:

Distance from Huntsville: 1 hr + 16 min

5. Wheeler Lake

Bass fishing on Wheeler Lake
Check out the fishing scene on Wheeler Lake—one of 5 amazing lakes near Huntsville. (Alabama BASS Nation High School / Facebook)

If you’re looking for a great fishing spot, Wheeler Lake is your lake destination. Check out other things you can do when you go:

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Distance from Huntsville: 42 min

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Lacey Muenstermann
Lacey Muenstermann
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