Shoreline Miles: 771 miles
Surface Acres: 39,000 acres
Situated midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Watts Bar Lake is the largest impoundment in the 9 Lakes Region and is a destination for anglers and birders. The tributaries and marshy wetlands attract many nesting bird species and provide cover for a wide array of freshwater fish. Ospreys and Blue Heron are commonly seen on the lake. Other popular activities include boating, paddling, and sailing.
There are several parks and camps located on the lake, including the John Knox Center and the Boy Scout facility Camp Buck Toms. Hiking, biking, and picnic areas can be found in the City of Kingston. Other communities to explore include Rockwood, Harriman, and Oakdale. The Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lone Mountain State Forest, and Mt. Roosevelt State Forest are nearby, providing additional opportunities for adventure.
Southern hospitality and a leisurely pace await visitors to Watts Bar. Attending the festivals, live music events, or public bus tours to the “Secret City” are great ways to explore this region.