H. Neely Henry Dam


H. Neely Henry Dam
In-service date: 06/02/1966
Capacity: 3 generators rating 24,300 kW each

H. Neely Henry Dam was the first dam built as a part of an Alabama Power Company construction program that further developed the Coosa River in the late 1950s and the 1960s. The project included the construction of Weiss, Logan Martin and Bouldin dams and the redevelopment of Lay Dam. The facility was named after H. Neely Henry, a senior executive vice-president of Alabama Power.

The story of H. Neely Henry Dam and H. Neely Henry Lake began as a story of energy. It continues today as a story of flood control, recreation and economic opportunity, irrigation and drinking water, and fish and wildlife habitats. Power was just the beginning.

Facts about H. Neely Henry Dam:
  • Type: Gravity concrete and earth fill
  • Length of concrete: 605 feet
  • Length of earth-dikes: 4,100 feet
  • Maximum height: 104 feet
Facts about H. Neely Henry Reservoir:
  • Elevation above sea level: 508 feet
  • Area: 11,200 acres
  • Shoreline: 339 miles
  • Length: 77.6 miles
  • Maximum depth at dam: 53 feet
  • Area of watershed draining into reservoir: 6,600 square miles

Whether you enjoy fishing from a boat, a pier, or a bank, and whether you prefer open water or secluded inlets, you'll find a great fishing spot on H. Neely Henry Lake

Alabama is a fisherman's paradise. Species that can be found in Lay Dam include: Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Striper, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and Freshwater Drum.

Fishing in Alabama requires a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased at some sporting goods stores, convenience stores, marinas and county courthouses.

To help you find a great fishing spot, check out the GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates for fish habitats.


H. Neely Henry
one Swirling water and strong underwater currents at powerhouse intakes. five Strong upstream currents in surface waters
(reverse flow).
two Strong current over or through spillway and trash gates. six Swift, turbulent waters below spillway gates.
three Turbulent discharges from automatically operated turbines. seven Rapidly rising waters from turbine or spillway discharge.
four Cascading spillway discharges.

DAMS: Bankhead | Holt | H. Neely Henry | Smith | R. L. Harris | Martin | Mitchell | Jordan | Lay | Logan Martin | Thurlow | Walter Bouldin | Weiss | Yates

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