Lake Guntersville is located in north Alabama and stretches 75 miles from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam. It is Alabama's largest lake at 69,000 acres. The lake and dam received its name from the town of Guntersville, which received its name from an early settler name, John Gunter. The water level on the lake is very stable, seldom varying more than two feet in depth, as the Tennessee Valley Authority requires a set depth for the channel. The lake regularly draws anglers from all over Alabama, as well as from Georgia and Tennessee. Free public boat ramps and private marinas provide easy access to the lake.