Boone Lake

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Boone Lake
Location of Boone Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Location of Boone Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Boone Lake
Location of Boone Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Location of Boone Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Boone Lake
LocationSullivan / Washington counties, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates36°26′25″N 082°26′18″W / 36.44028°N 82.43833°W / 36.44028; -82.43833Coordinates: 36°26′25″N 082°26′18″W / 36.44028°N 82.43833°W / 36.44028; -82.43833
Typereservoir
Primary inflowsSouth Fork Holston River, Watauga River
Primary outflowsSouth Fork Holston River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area4,400 acres (18 km2)
Water volume75,829 acre⋅ft (0.093534 km3)

Boone Lake is a reservoir in Sullivan and Washington counties in northeastern Tennessee, formed by the impoundment of the South Fork Holston River and Watauga River behind Boone Dam.[1]

The dam and reservoir are maintained and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The lake has a surface area of about 4,400 acres (18 km2)[2] and a flood-storage capacity of 75,829 acre-feet (93,534,000 m3). Water levels in the reservoir fluctuate over a range of about 20 feet (6 m) over the course of a year.[1]

Recreational facilities on the lake include a swimming area and a boat ramp. Water skiing and fishing are popular activities on the lake.[1] Fish species in the lake of interest to sport fishermen include black bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and striped bass.[3] There are precautionary fish consumption advisories for catfish and carp due to PCB and chlordane concentrations.[2][4] Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to consume these two species, and other persons are advised to limit their consumption to one meal per month.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boone Reservoir information Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority
  2. ^ a b c Gregory M. Denton, Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, May 2007, pages 43-44
  3. ^ Sport Fishing Index Ratings Archived 2007-04-27 at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority website (accessed June 8, 2008)
  4. ^ Boone Reservoir Ecological Health Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority website (accessed June 8, 2008)