Douglas Lake

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Douglas Lake
Douglas Lake - Sevier County, Tennessee.jpg
Douglas Lake
Location of Douglas Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Location of Douglas Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Douglas Lake
Location of Douglas Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Location of Douglas Lake in Tennessee, USA.
Douglas Lake
LocationJefferson / Cocke / Sevier / Hamblen counties, State of Tennessee
Coordinates35°57′40″N 83°32′20″W / 35.96111°N 83.53889°W / 35.96111; -83.53889Coordinates: 35°57′40″N 83°32′20″W / 35.96111°N 83.53889°W / 35.96111; -83.53889
Primary inflowsFrench Broad River
Primary outflowsFrench Broad River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length60 mi (97 km)
Max. width3,527 ft (1,075 m)
Surface area44.41 sq mi (115.0 km2)[1]
Water volume1,081,880 acre⋅ft (1.33448 km3)[1]
Shore length1513 mi (826 km)[1]
Surface elevation876 ft (267 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Douglas Lake, also called Douglas Reservoir, is a reservoir created by an impoundment of the French Broad River in Eastern Tennessee. This lake is located only a few miles from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, and also the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Douglas Dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority at a record pace from February 2, 1942, through February 19, 1943, to provide hydroelectric power and to control flooding downstream in the Tennessee River Valley.[1][2] Douglas Dam is located just over 32 miles (51 km) upstream from the French Broad River's confluence with the Holston River in Knoxville, to form the Tennessee River. The Douglas Lake reservoir inundates about a 40-mile (64 km) stretch of the French Broad River between the Douglas Dam and the Irish Bottoms area near Newport. Small portions of the Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are also impounded by the lake. During the winter months, the Tennessee Valley Authority lowers the water level to help control flooding, meet power demands, and many other objectives. This is important to know in advance to make plans to stay near the lake.

The resort town of Baneberry is located on the northern shores of the lake in Jefferson County. Dandridge, the county seat of Jefferson County, is located mostly on the northern shores with a small portion on the southern. Parts of downtown Dandridge are located below the lake's operating levels, and are protected by an earthen dam.


  1. ^ a b c d TVA: Douglas Reservoir. Tennessee Valley Authority. Retrieved on 2008-06-20.
  2. ^ "About Douglas Lake/555 Miles of Shoreline". Archived from the original on 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2008-06-16.

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