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Watts Bar Lake

Lake, River, or Waterfall

Watts Bar Lake is situated in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga. One of the south's largest lakes at 39,000 acres, it extends 72.4 miles between Watts Bar Dam and Ft. Loudon Dam with the maximum depth being approximately 70 feet near the dams. The lake was created in 1942 and is regulated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The principal tributaries are the Tennessee River and Clinch River with the Emory River also flowing directly into the Clinch River.

Roane County, TN is lucky enough to be located on Watts Bar Lake, enjoying the more than 700 shoreline miles it offers. Here you will find marinas, campgrounds and resorts, and restaurants - all right on the water! [For more details]

How to Get There

For a wonderful view and access to the lake take I-40 to the Kingston Exit # 352, taking a right heading south on Hwy 58/N. Kentucky Street. When you reach the intersection with Hwy 70/Race Street you can either go straight and 58 Landing Park will be 1/2 mile on your right or you can turn right onto Hwy 70 and the lake and several parks will be on your left approx. 1/2 mile.

There is also boat accesses at several locations throughout Roane County that includes River Road/Hwy 304 (off of Hwy 58 South), off of Hwy 70 between Kingston and Rockwood, or at Rockwood's Tom Fuller Park - the largest boat launch in the county. Complete list of marinas and launches in Roane County.

Recreational Opportunities

With 39,000 acres of water it is no wonder that water recreation is so popular. Here you will find boating, sailing, jet skiing, tubing, water skiing, knee boarding, swimming, fishing, and more - and with more than enough room to do all this! With mostly mild temperatures year-round many of these activities can be enjoyed all year long.


Seasons Accessible

It is 740 feet above sea level at full pool (typically from May through October) with an average fluctuation of only five feet from summer to winter making it a perfect lake for year-round activities.



Some fees do apply at marinas and city launches

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