Lakes & Rivers
Calling all boaters, paddlers, swimmers and fisherman. No matter how you choose to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, come on in. The water is fine!
Have a craving for adventure? How about a day--or a week--set aside for family fun? Or, maybe you just yearn for time alone with your fishing pole. No matter what kind of aquatic thrills you have in mind, Tennessee has lakes and rivers to fit your fancy.
From small ponds and enormous lakes to free-flowing rivers and streams, Tennessee overflows with opportunity for fantastic water recreation. Find a cove on Cherokee Lake and ski on glass-smooth water any time of the day. Pack your lures and make for the Clinch River, well reputed for some of the nation's best fly-fishing. Get your adrenaline pumping with an action-packed rafting adventure on the Ocoee River. Bring the whole family and explore the state's largest natural lake, Reelfoot Lake.
No matter how you decide to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, you are guaranteed to never run out of wet and wonderful waterways.
The first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 for flood control and to bring efficient electrical power to East Tennessee. Norris Dam is 265 feet high and stretches 1,860 feet across the Clinch River. ...more
Norris Dam State Park
This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris Reservoir, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. ...more
800 Miles of Shoreline, 34,000 acres, 22 marinas and resorts, 3 State Parks, 2 wildlife management areas, 14 different kinds of fish. These are just a few of the reason why Norris Lake is the ultimate waterway and the perfect vacation destination. ...more
Norris Watershed Hiking & Biking Trail
Hike, horseback, or bike ride the many miles of woodland trails that meander through the watershed and the adjacent Norris Dam State Park. Experience spectacular views of Norris Lake and its surrounding hills and valleys. ...more
Obey River Park Recreation Area
Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was completed in 1943. Although the dam was built for flood control and power generation, it has now become a recreational oasis for more than 3 million visitors each year. ...more
Ocoee Adventure Company
With two outposts near the Ocoee River and a 75 foot yacht in Chattanooga on the Tennessee River, Ocoee Adventure Company knows the outdoors. Around the Cherokee National Forest we take folks rafting, mountain biking, lake kayaking, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. ...more
Ocoee Outdoor Adventure
Rafting on the Ocoee is adventure personified! The Ocoee River in Tennessee is the premier river for whitewater rafting in the Southeastern United States. Let us take you on an Ocoee River rafting trip on America's Olympic River! With dam-controlled releases, we can promise you exciting Ocoee whitewater throughout the Ocoee River whitewater rafting season. ...more
Old Hickory Lake
Recent flooding has affected several Old Hickory Lake facilities: Cedar Creek Campground and Recreation Area will reopen on May 17th. All shelter reservations from May 4-20 for the following areas have been canceled; Avondale, Laguardo, Cedar Creek, Lone Branch, Nat Caldwell, Shutes Branch and Old Hickory Beach. ...more
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Old Hickory Lock and Dam
Located near Metropolitan Nashville, the lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Climate is temperate and there is a relatively long recreation season. ...more
Old Stone Fort
Old Stone Fort is a special type of Native American site, a hilltop ceremonial enclosure begun 2000 years ago and used at least through the fifth century. It has been called the most spectacularly sited sacred area of its period in the United States. ...more
Panther Creek State Park
Panther Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located about 45 miles south. ...more
Paris Landing State Park
Paris Landing State Park sits on the western shore of Kentucky Lake at its widest point. With three miles of water from shore to shore, there is plenty of room for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. ...more