Lesser known facts
about area lakes
courtesy of "the geek"
Lake Logan Martin
Completed:1964
Height of Dam:97 ft
Acres:15,263
Square Miles:23.8
Miles of Shoreline:275
Fetch score: *6.3
F/A score: **1.50
Lake Guntersville
Completed:1939
Height of Dam:94 ft
Acres:67,900
Square Miles:106.1
Miles of Shoreline:949
Fetch score:3.8
F/A score:4.08
Here lies the body of Jonathan Jay
Who died defending his right-of-way.
He was right, dead right, as he sped along
But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.

(Unknown)

She starts--she moves--she seems to feel
The thrill of life along her keel,
And spurning with her foot the ground,
With one exulting, joyous bound,
She leaps into the ocean's arms!

Longfellow
Lake Martin
Completed:1926
Height of Dam:168 ft
Acres:40,000
Square Miles:62.5
Miles of Shoreline:700
Fetch score:4.0
F/A score:2.50
Wilson Lake
Completed:1924
Height of Dam:137 ft
Acres:15,500
Square Miles:24.2
Miles of Shoreline:154
Fetch score:11.3
F/A score:2.74
Wheeler Lake
Completed:1936
Height of Dam:72 ft
Acres:67,070
Square Miles:104.8
Miles of Shoreline:1,063
Fetch score:3.4
F/A score:3.58
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.

Richard Bode ("First You Have to Row a Little Boat")
H. Neely Henry Lake
Completed:1966
Height of Dam:99 ft
Acres:11,200
Square Miles:17.5
Miles of Shoreline:339
Fetch score:4.4
F/A score:0.77
Weiss Lake
Completed:1961
Height of Dam:92 ft
Acres:30,200
Square Miles:47.2
Miles of Shoreline:447
Fetch score:5.4
F/A score:2.57
R.L. Harris Lake
Completed:1962
Height of Dam:150 ft
Acres:10,661
Square Miles:16.7
Miles of Shoreline:272
Fetch score:5.3
F/A score:0.89
There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter . . . that's the charm of it.

Kenneth Grahame ("The Wind In The Willows")
Smith Lake
Completed:1961
Height of Dam:300 ft
Acres:21,200
Square Miles:33.1
Miles of Shoreline:500
Fetch score:4.1
F/A score:1.35
Lake Lanier (GA)
Completed:1957
Height of Dam:
Acres:38,000
Square Miles:59.4
Miles of Shoreline:540
Fetch score:5.1
F/A score:3.00


Area lakes sorted by F/A score**

Miles of
Shoreline
Area
(Square Miles)
Fetch scoreF/A score
Lake Guntersville949 106.1 3.8 4.08
Wheeler Lake1063 104.8 3.4 3.58
Lake Lanier, GA540 59.4 5.1 3.00
Wilson Lake154 24.2 11.3 2.74
Weiss Lake447 47.2 5.4 2.57
Lake Martin700 62.5 4.0 2.50
Lake Logan Martin275 23.8 6.31.50
Smith Lake500 33.1 4.1 1.35
R. L. Harris Lake272 16.7 5.3 0.89
H. Neeley Henry Lake339 17.5 4.4 0.77



* Fetch score is a unit-less highly un-scientific measure of the lake's shape used to roughly determine how much wind (and tacking room) one could expect on inland waters. The score uses a lake's area and shoreline to roughly determine how contiguous the body of water is. A perfectly circular lake would score 100; a square lake would score 88.6; a river would score lower than any lake listed above.

The score obviously has serious limitations. Click here for more info.

** F/A score is a fetch score that takes the lake's area into account.