Watts Bar Lake is situated in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley in Roane, Meigs, Rhea and Loudon counties.
Located about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville, the lake begins as the Tennessee River below
Fort Loudon Dam (35°47'30"N 84°14'34?W) in Lenoir City, Tennessee and spans 72.4 miles (116.5 km) to Watts
Bar Dam (35°37'15"N 84°46'55?W), near Spring City, Tennessee. The lake surface elevation is 741
feet (226m). The Tennessee River forms in Knoxville with the joining of the French Broad and Holston Rivers.
Watts Bar Lake is fed by the Tennessee, Clinch and Emory rivers and six large creeks. The Clinch River connects to
the main channel of the lake at mile 568 (35°51'50"N 84°31'50"W) near Southwest Point (site of Andrew
Jackson and John Sevier's 1803 confrontation) in Kingston, Tennessee. The widening of the Clinch by
the lake makes that river navigable all the way up to Melton Hill Dam (35°53'5?N 84°18'0"W), which is
equipped with a navigation lock allowing navigation upstream through Oak Ridge and Clinton. As you head
downstream from the lock at Watts Bar Dam you can navigate through a series of lakes, locks and waterways,
all the way to Mobile Bay via the
Tom Bigby waterway, or continue on via the Tennessee River to the Mississippi River and on to New Orleans
and the Gulf of Mexico. The Watts Bar Lake reservoir itself covers 39,000 acres, has over 780 miles of
shoreline featuring countless coves, islands (most notably Thief Neck Island, Long Island, and Sand Island),
winding river channels and natural beaches making it perfectly suited for boating, fishing, swimming,
water skiing, sunning, hiking and bird watching enthusiasts.
Area marinas offer easy access and abundance of boat slips, boat and cabin rentals, and sporting supply stores.
Fishermen can expect to see largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, trophy stripers, jumbo crappie,
bluegill, channel catfish and other varieties of fresh water fish. If bird watching is your interest, you
will find ospreys, great blue herons, bald eagles and many other birds species.
Within easy driving distance to the Great Smokey Mountain National Forest, scenic highways runs from Watts
Barr Dam to Cherokee National Forest in the Great Smokey Mountains and proves to be a delightful drive any
time of year. Several great restaurants are located nearby, and Watts Bar Lake is about an hour's drive to
Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. A Jack Nicklaus golf course is also less than
an hour away for avid golf lovers.
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Watts Bar Reservoir is one of the impoundments that make the Tennessee River commercially navigable.
The 650-mile system connects
Knoxville, Tennessee, at the upper end with Paducah, Kentucky, at the joining of the
Tennessee and Ohio rivers and provides navigation year-round the length of the
Tennessee River, and an additional 150 miles tributaries. The Tennessee
River system is part of the interconnected National Inland Waterway System that
links the eastern half of the United States by water transportation with coastal and
Great Lakes links to the rest of the world.