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.
Red Clay State Historic Park
Red Clay was the last seat of Cherokee government before the tribe's forced removal on the Trail of Tears. The spring on site supplied water during council meetings of chiefs. ...more
When you look across Reelfoot Lake, imagine that this entire countryside was once a dense cypress woodland, pierced only by Native American trails and crudely constructed roads. The history of Reelfoot Lake is a dramatic one. ...more
Reelfoot Lake State Park
The earth cracked, the river flowed backward and a dramatic, new landscaped took shape. The New Madrid Earthquakes of December 1811 through February 1812 caused soil liquification, warping, landslides, fissuring and ejections that forever changed the northwest corner of Tennessee. ...more
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake as a refuge for migratory birds. Additional lands acquired in Southwestern Kentucky expanded the refuge to it s current 10,428 acres. ...more
Reelfoot Scenic Boat Cruises
A tradition at Reelfoot Lake--since 1961--cruise boats piloted by experienced naturalists provide the best way to view and experience Reelfoot's most interesting areas. Your cruise tours the islands, flooded timber and lily pads as state park naturalists offer insight and information about all aspects of the lake. ...more
River Gorge Explorer
Welcome aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer! This 70 passenger high-speed catamaran is the first of its kind in the Southeast. Aquarium visitors can extend their "mountains to the sea" learning adventure by cruising into the Tennessee River Gorge aboard this sleek vessel. ...more
River Place on the Clinch
Lodging/recreation: Eco-tourism facility includes a market, cafe, cabins, canoe, and raft rentals and camping and a is convenient to the Kyles Ford Wildlife Management Area and the Clinch River Conservation Center. Location: East Tennessee in Kyles Ford. ...more
Roan Mountain State Park
Daniel Boone was among the longhunters who traveled the Appalachian Mountains to hunt and trade. Legend says that he had to leave behind his ailing red horse on the peak of the mountain. ...more
Rock Island State Park
While natural attractions draw visitors from across the country to Rock Island, the area also has a rich history dating to prehistoric time. World-record fish caught in the "Blue Hole" keep fishermen coming year after year, and its true depth remains a mystery, with sunken rock pillars indicating the possibility of a collapsed underwater cave. ...more