Lodging in Crane Hill Alabama
When looking for a bed and breakfast, consider Crane Hill, Alabama, one of several small communities which are gateways to Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama. “Smith Lake” is a large, clear, lake set in a rural area in North Alabama with many homes along the shoreline. The lake is operated by Alabama Power and generates hydro power through its powerhouse located below the 300 foot high dam. The lake is perfect for fishing, boating and water sports. The shoreline is rocky in many areas with bluffs soaring 50 to 80 feet about the water. Smith Lake is the cleanest lake in the Southeast and is fed by streams from Bankhead National Forrest and the Sipsey Wilderness. The lake has many fingers and it is always possible to find a quiet cove. Marinas on the lake rent boats and fishing guides furnish boats and tackle. Smith Lake has held world records for native spotted bass and regularly produces striped bass weighing thirty pounds or more. There is a trout fishery in the water just below the dam where a local outfitter will equip and guide fishermen who want to fly fish for rainbows. There are several campgrounds and recreation areas operated by USDA Forrest Service and Cullman Parks and Recreation. The Lake is located just West of I-65 about 50 miles north of Birmingham.