Often referred to as the “King of the Southern Lakes,” it is one of the South’s largest lakes and offers visitors a multitude of recreational activities. The lake is 72 miles long, encompasses 39,000 acres and boasts 722 miles of shoreline. The Little Emory, Clinch and the Tennessee Rivers all converge at Kingston to form this impressive and breath-taking waterway.
The lake is surrounded by quaint little cities like Kingston (State Capital for a Day), Spring City, Rockwood, Ten Mile and Harriman. I recommend that visitors stay in Kingston or Harriman, as both cities provide a variety of local and nationally known motels and places to dine.
Without a doubt, Watts Bar Lake and its tributaries have some of the best fishing in the South. Each year, veteran boaters, anglers and vacationers travel hundreds of miles for its world-class hospitality, fishing and water-related activities. Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail holds its annual 2-day Super Event on this lake, as do other major tournament fishing organizations.
Watts Bar Reservoir has 722 miles of shoreline and over 39,090 acres of water surface.
The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 379,000 acre-feet.
To maintain the water depth required for navigation, the minimum winter elevation for Watts Bar Reservoir is 735 feet. The typical summer operating range is between 740 and 741 feet.
In addition to forming a navigable 72-mile-long reservoir on the Tennessee River, Watts Bar also creates a slack-water channel for navigation more than 20 miles up the Clinch River and 12 miles up the Emory River.
Watts Bar Reservoir is on the Tennessee River in east Tennessee. It extends 72.4 miles northeast from the dam to Fort Loudoun Dam. The dam has five generating units with a net dependable capacity of 182 megawatts.
Watts Bar Dam, located about midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, is one of nine TVA dams on the Tennessee River. The reservoir is popular for boating, fishing, swimming, camping and other outdoor activities. A scenic overlook near the dam provides visitors with a panoramic view of the reservoir and surrounding countryside.
The scenic Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail winds along the lake's shoreline, through 4 parks providing many glimpse of waterfowl and wildlife. Birdwatchers will enjoy the large population of great blue herons, over 120 nesting pairs of osprey, along with a few bald eagles that live on or near the lake.