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Melton Hill Lake & Reservoir

Lake, River, or Waterfall
Rowers enjoying an evening on the lake – Murray Lee, TN State Photo Services

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA compliant

The serenity of Melton Hill Lake, which touches Oak Ridge on two sides, is the ultimate haven for visitors who can't resist the water. With 173 miles of shoreline, Melton Hill Lake is a popular attraction for boating, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and rowing.

Melton Hill Reservoir is home to one of the top Regatta venues in the nation. Nestled between rolling hills and gorgeous flora and fauna, thousands of students from the United States and Canada compete throughout the spring on these beautiful, still waters. With water controlled by the Norris Dam, rowers say the water in Oak Ridge is "like glass," giving them one of the fairest competitive spots for races in the country.

Melton Hill Lake is also home to the Muskellunge (Musky), the" fish of 10,000 casts." The reservoir has a watershed area of 3,434 square miles and covers 5,690 square acres of lake surface.

How to Get There

Whether coming from state Hwy 62 or state Hwy 58, entrances to Melton Hill Lake are clearly marked. Navigating the river is easy, with Norris Dam to the North and Melton Hill Dam to the South.

Pet Friendly Notes

pets welcome

Recreational Opportunities

The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping plus sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps, one below the dam and one above, give boaters access to Watts Bar Reservoir as well as Melton Hill Reservoir. Roads on both sides of the river are popular for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Game fish in the reservoir include sauger, musky, sturgeon, crappie, and bass.


Seasons Accessible

Year round

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