Posted by Darryl Payne
It’s finally getting warm enough to really take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities of springtime. One of the popular activities around East Tennessee is enjoying the region’s network of TVA lakes and waterways. If you’re in Sevier County on vacation, the most convenient site is Douglas Lake, which is accessible just a few miles off of Tenn. Hwy. 66 between Interstate 40 and downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.
Douglas Lake, which was created in 1942 with the construction of Douglas Dam, features two recreational areas and access to 30,600 acres of water and 550 miles of shoreline—perfect for swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, boating, fishing and camping. The lake has multiple ramp-access points and picnic areas and offers a convenient selection of commercial marinas, campgrounds and outdoor outfitters.
Douglas Dam Park, which can be reached by Tennessee Highway 338 or 139, offers access to both the headwaters and the tailwaters on either side of the dam. The headwater facilities include a free boat-launch ramp, restrooms and picnic areas as well as a designated swimming area complete with a sand beach. Camping sites are available for either RV hookups or primitive camping.
The tailwaters area provides scenic overlooks with stunning views of the lake as well as free picnic sites, a pavilion, a campground and a boat launch into the French Broad River.
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