|Watts Bar Lake
Considered one of the largest lakes in the south at 39,000 acres, Watts Bar Lake is the second reservoir in a series of nine created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) along the Tennessee River. This reservoir lies between Watts Bar Dam downstream and Fort Loudoun Dam upstream. The Tennessee, Clinch, and Emory Rivers all are major tributaries. The TVA built the Watts Bar Dam in 1942 for flood control and for power. Recreational activities on and around this lake include boating, fishing, RV and tent camping, and hiking.
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Area marinas at Watts Bar Lake offer hundreds of slips, boat and cabin rentals, houseboats, and supplies. Look for several large islands in this lake, including Thief Neck, Long, and Sand Islands. Watts Bar Lake includes a commercial lock that carries barges to the next reservoir on this system, the Chickamauga Reservoir.
Watts Bar Lake is so large that it's not surprising to find several state parks within the region. Frozen Head State Park offers backcountry camping, and Cumberland Mountain State Park provides cabins as well as 145 ten and RV sites with hookups. Fall Creek Falls State Park provides 228 camp sites, two group camps, 30 cabins and villas, and a 145-room inn. Depending upon where you plan to put in at the lake, the distance to these parks is less than one hour.
Visitors also can find ten other campgrounds and hotels and motels as well as rental cabins located at marinas and resorts around the lake. The proximity of the lake to I-75 between Knoxville and Chattanooga and I-40 at Kingston allows for plenty of accommodation choices.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Watts Bar Lake covers parts of Roane, Meigs, Rhea, and Loudon Counties in Tennessee. The lake is easily accessible from both Knoxville and Chattanooga via I-70 and I-40. Other towns in the immediate area include Kingston, Rockwood, Harriman, Sweetwater, and Crossville.
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