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Boone Lake

Boone Dam construction began in 1950 and ended in 1952. The dam crosses the South Fork Holston River, forming Boone Lake, or Boone Reservoir. Located in Sullivan and Washington counties, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) manages both the dam and the lake. Water from the reservoir is used for power, flood damage, water supplies, and recreation, including boating and fishing.


Boone Lake offers a larger than average population of smallmouth bass because of its fertile environment, and largemouth bass also dominate as the most sought-after fish in this lake. Other gamefish in this reservoir include black crappie, striped bass, and catfish.


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    Boone Lake Tennessee Coordinates:
36.4403N -82.4383W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
4,400 acres
Maximum Depth:
129 ft
1,385 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Major City:
Johnson City, Kingsport


Boone Lake contains eight marinas with boat docks and seven boat ramps outside those marinas for access to the lake. Most of these access points are located near marinas throughout the lake, including the 11E bridge, Pickens Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, and Boone Dam Reservation areas. Water skiing is allowed on the lake.


The closest state park to Boone Lake is Warriors' Path State Park, located near I-81 along Fort Henry Patrick Lake and just a few miles from the north end of Boone Lake. Campers have access to 134 campsites, and 94 of those sites are equipped with water and electric hookups. Cherokee National Forest is located to the east of the lake, past Bluff City and Elizabethton, and campers can find more than 30 developed campgrounds and one cabin in this undeveloped area. Other accommodations in the area are plentiful, considering the tourist nature of the region. Visitors can find hotels, B&Bs, resorts, cabins, and camping areas outside the parks within a short distance from the lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Boone Lake is located in Sullivan and Washington Counties in Tennessee, and the Tri-Cities Regional Airport is located next to the lake. This airport serves Johnson City and Kingsport in Tennessee, and Bristol -- a town that lies on the Tennessee and Virginia state lines. Visitors also have easy access to the lake from I-81 north or south and from I-26 that runs from Kingsport to Johnson City.

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