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Norris Lake

Norris Lake is the largest reservoir on a Tennessee River tributary. It extends 73 miles upstream from the mouth of the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell River from Norris Dam. This dam represents the first Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project. Construction began in 1933, and the lake was opened to the public in 1936.

The parks that TVA constructed around the lake became the focus of Tennessee's state park system. A popular tourist and recreation boating destination, the lake offers boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and scuba diving. Other recreational activities include golfing, four-wheeling, hiking, tennis, and camping.


Norris Lakes offers many greate opportunities for fishing. The Tennessee state record, brown trout was caught in the Clinch River below Norris Dam and also a 42.8-pound muskie in 1983. Anglers can enjoy over 56 fish species including spotted bass, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and more. Bring your boat, rent a boat or hire a fishing guide, it is all available at Norris Lake.


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   Norris Lake TN Coordinates:
36.2242N -84.0914W
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Surface Area:
33,840 acres
Maximu Depth:
145 ft
1020 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
10 ft
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Boaters will enjoy over 20 marinas and 59 access sites located along the lake's 800 miles of shoreline. Most marinas offer full service including boat rentals, accommodations, supplies, fishing tackle, and restaurants.


Norris Lake State Park has two camping areas with 25 sites in the east section and 50 sites in the west section. Camp sites include tables, grills and electrical and water hookups. Bathhouses and dump stations and laundromat are provided. Review the Lake Resource Guide for lodging around the lake.


The closest major city is Knoxville. Other nearby Tenessee cities; Norris, Lake City, La Follette, Maynardville and Andersonville. The lake is in the counties of Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne and Grainger.

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