5 Interesting Facts About Douglas Lake to Know Before You Go

Located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, visitors can find the gorgeous and activity-filled Douglas Lake. If you feel like enjoying some time out on the water when you visit the Smoky Mountains, whether it’s relaxing in a boat or splashing around, take a drive to Douglas Lake. Before you go, check out these 5 interesting facts about Douglas Lake: Continue reading

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11-Year-Old Girl Finds 475-Million-Year-Old Fossil in the Smoky Mountains

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You never know what you’re going to find when you visit the Smoky Mountains! 11-year-old Ryleigh Taylor was strolling along the shore of Douglas Lake a few weeks ago when she made the discovery of a lifetime: a rare fossil that is over 475 million years old. Ryleigh’s amazing find has already been confirmed by the University of Tennessee and written about in Newsweek and Popular Mechanics. Local news station WATE caught up with Ryleigh to learn how she came across this spectacular piece of history: Continue reading

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Where to Find the Best Douglas Lake Boat Rentals

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Located less than 25 minutes away from downtown Pigeon Forge, TN, Douglas Lake is one of the most popular spots to get out on the water in the Smoky Mountains. Over 1.7 million people visit Douglas Lake each year to play on its 28,000 acres of pristine natural beauty. Continue reading

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Top 6 Things to Do When You Visit Douglas Lake

When you visit the Smoky Mountain area, taking a visit to Douglas Lake is a must. This beautiful lake, also known as the Douglas Reservoir, welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors each year. There are so many activities to enjoy at the lake, such as fishing, boating, water sports and more! At Douglas Lake, you’ll have a day filled with fun while being surrounded by the gorgeous Smoky Mountains. Check out the top things to do when you visit Douglas Lake: Continue reading

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Two Rehabilitated Bald Eagles Released on Douglas Lake in the Smoky Mountains

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The bald eagle is one of the most majestic animals you can find in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. This August, two of the area’s eagles were returned to the wild after undergoing months of rehabilitation with the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge. Both of the eagles owe their lives to the quick thinking and kindness of two ordinary East Tennesseans. Read on to learn how these lucky eagles came to be released on Douglas Lake in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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Douglas Lake Fishing Information & License Requirements for Planning Your Day at the Lake

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Douglas Lake is made up of about 28,000 acres and is just a short drive from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. Douglas Lake sits at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and it’s a great spot for spending time fishing nearly year-round. Continue reading

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