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Nine Lakes around Knoxville, Part 2

Posted by Molly Gilbert on June 7, 2017
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In May we shared some information about a few of the wonderful lakes surrounding the Knoxville area, making the city one of the best for easily accessible water-related activities. With plenty of homes available through Wood Realtors, you could be living a short drive away from one of these lakes. Check out a bit about some of the other regional reservoirs.

NORRIS LAKE

Of the 9 lakes located in East Tennessee, Norris Lake holds several titles. It is the oldest of the TVA reservoirs, it boasts the longest shoreline, and it is the cleanest.

With 809 miles of shoreline, Norris Lake is the largest in the region by a margin of nearly 40 miles. All of that lakeside land makes for a remarkably accessible lake. Three State Parks border Norris Lake: Norris Dam State Park, Big Ridge State Park, and Cove Lake State Park. The lake is also bordered by 2 Wildlife Management Areas: Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area and Cove Creek Wildlife Viewing Area.

In addition to the state-run facilities, Norris Lake is home to over 20 marinas that offer cabins, camping, floating houses, houseboats, watercraft rentals and restaurants. The area surrounding Norris Lake offers a little something for everyone, even folks who aren’t on the water. Visitors can find plenty of golfing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and rock-climbing. Norris Lake’s 33,840 acres of water surface provide ample room for any kind of watersport you could want, from skiing and tubing to high-speed personal watercraft. Even those who want to go beneath the surface have options on Norris Lake. As one of the cleanest lakes in the nation, the waters of Norris Lake are often clear enough for scuba diving.

TELLICO LAKE

With five marinas, 14 public boat ramps, and several public fishing piers, Tellico Lake offers visitors ample opportunity to get out over the water to catch some fish. The usual suspects swim the waters of Tellico: bass, crappie, and walleye. Since Tellico Lake is a cool water reservoir, drawing its water from the Tellico River and from Chilhowee Lake, trout thrive here, making the trout fishing excellent.

The land surrounding Tellico Lake is also rich with activities. Hikers will find ample opportunities to stretch their legs on the 50 miles of nature trails in Loudon Municipal Park, or on the approximately 14 mile long East Lakeshore Trail. Even more walking can be done on the grounds of the 1200 acre Fort Loudoun State Park.

WATTS BAR LAKE

With 39,000 acres of water surface, Watts Bar Lake is the most expansive of East Tennessee’s TVA reservoirs. Although the shoreline comes in at 771 miles (a few miles short of Norris Lake’s waterfront), all that flat water makes Watts Bar the perfect destination for water sports of all descriptions.

The length of the lake runs 72.4 miles, from the Watts Bar Dam to the Ft. Loudon Dam. Watts Bar Lake boasts 20 marinas and over 20 fishing piers, making the lake quite easily accessible for visitors seeking to enjoy some time around the water. The fishing is especially good.

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