Look at our LAKES & RIVERS


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Fort Patrick Henry, Boone, South Holston, and Watauga

This series of mountain lakes in upper east Tennessee range in size from 872 to 7,580 acres. Built mostly in the early 1950s, plenty of secluded, deep-water coves make these lakes particularly suited for smaller boating activity. Watauga Lake boasts 13 species of game fish, and hunters of big and small game will find excellent hunting in nearby Cherokee National Forest. Easily accessible from 1-81, the area is a particularly beautiful, rugged region where recorded history dates from the Revolutionary War era.


Cherokee, Douglas, and Davy Crockett Lakes

Located about 30 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee, and surrounded by rolling pastures and farmlands, Douglas and Cherokee Lakes provide fishermen with hefty catches of bass and crappie. A honeycomb of wide, shallow embayments attract the crappie in huge numbers during the spring spawning season. Cherokee and Douglas Lakes will accommodate nearly any boat class. As on many TVA reservoirs, considerable private, second home acreage surrounds Douglas Lake; however, public access areas are numerous.



The Clinch, Powell, Holston, Nolichucky, French Broad, & Pigeon Rivers also help make our area one of the most diverse for rafting and canoeing. Every thing from calm still water for the beginner, to white water to challenge the more experienced. There are rafting companies for guided tours or plenty of public access if you wish to go it alone.

We aren't called The Lakeway Area for nothing. From almost anywhere in our region you are only minutes away from lake access. 

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Recreation on TVA Lakes

The Tennessee Valley Authority's lakes in the Tennessee Valley states have more than 1,000 square miles of water surface and 11,000 miles of shoreline. Initially the TVA system was designed for flood control, navigation, and generation of electricity. However, recreation has come to be an increasingly important benefit.

A wide range of recreation opportunities is available on TVA lakes. Recreation activities include picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, nature study, photography, and hunting. Facilities to accommodate these activities are managed by national, state, and local agencies. Private interests operate commercial boat docks and resorts. In addition, thousands of acres of undeveloped TVA lands are available for informal recreational use. TVA requests cooperation from the public with attention to safety, courtesy, and resource protection.

Recreation maps and navigation charts for all TVA lakes showing recreation areas, navigation channels, water depth, buoys, lights, and other navigation aids are available. Each request should specify the lake(s) of interest. A catalog of maps and charts and their cost is available at no charge. Requests should be directed to TVA Maps, Haney Building 1A, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga TN 37402-2801.

The telephone number is 423-751-6277.

For current Tennessee Hunting & Fishing Laws, Limits, and Licensing Information follow this link( TWRA, Tennessee Wildlife Resourses Agency)


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Golden Age and Golden Access Passports

Golden Age Passports for citizens or permanent residents of the United States 62 years of age or older and Golden Access Passports for blind or permanently disabled persons are honored at all TVA fee areas. These passports are available at Federally operated recreation areas.

Boating and Water Safety

Boating is a popular pastime on TVA reservoirs, and TVA encourages the public to practice water safety procedures. Significant water use hazards exist above and below TVA dams where waters often rush over spillways and through sluice gates, lock culverts, and turbines. Many of these operations are automatic and occur without warning. Sailboaters are especially cautioned to avoid approaching within 15 feet below powerlines to prevent injury or property damage that can result from contact or electrical arcing. Recreational boats may go through the navigation locks at dams. This service is free. A bell rope on each end of the lock wall allows the boater to signal the lock operator that a boat is ready to lock through. All Tennessee Valley states have passed boat numbering and safety laws in conformance with the Federal Boating Act of 1971. Additional information in the interest of safe boating is available by calling the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Hotline, Washington D.C.,

(800) 368-5647.

For more on The Tennessee Valley Authority ( TVA) and all of the Lakes & Rivers they control follow this link


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