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Douglas Lake TN in East Tennessee

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Plan your visit to Douglas Lake in TN

Douglas Lake TN, also known as the Douglas Reservoir, is located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and it’s only a few short miles from the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Douglas Lake TN, which is about 28,000 acres, is formed by the French Broad River as well as the tributaries of the Pigeon Rivers.

The lake welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors each year, and is surrounded by mountains and rolling hills. It’s a great place for boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming during your vacation, too!

Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Douglas Lake TN. It’s been rated in the top 5 Crappie Fishing Lakes in the nation and in the top 10 Largemouth Bass Fishing Lakes.

About Douglas Dam

Douglas Dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from February 2, 1942 through February 19, 1943, during the peak of World War II. The dam was built in record time for a facility of its size, only requiring 12 months and 17 days of construction. (Information from Tennessee Valley Authority)

The dam was named for Douglas Bluff which overlooked the dam site before the dam was constructed.

Douglas Dam was built from reinforced concrete and is 1,705 feet long and 201 feet high across the French Broad River to serve hydroelectric power and control the flooding in the Tennessee River Valley.

Spring rainwater is stored, then released in the summer months so the depth of the water is great enough for boats to navigate the lake.

Douglas Lake Fishing

Fishing on Douglas Lake is one of the most popular things to do. People come from all over to spend time fishing at the lake! Douglas Lake is in the top 10 in the United States for both largemouth bass and crappie fishing. Looking to go fishing while you’re on vacation? Click here for more information about Douglas Lake fishing and fishing license requirements.

Planning your vacation? Click here to find cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains near Douglas Lake TN.

Places to Stay Near Douglas Lake TN

Need a place to stay near Douglas Lake TN? You'll have plenty of options. Choose a gorgeous cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains and enjoy all the comforts of home while being a short drive from the beauty and fun that Douglas Lake has to offer. Take a look at the best places to stay near Douglas Lake TN below!

Visit Douglas Lake TN during your Smoky Mountain vacation and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in Tennessee.