Douglas Lake Paddling
Sevierville, TN 37862
Set against the backdrop of the foothills of the Smoky Mountain, Douglas Lake is a popular recreation destination for paddlers, anglers and campers. The dam that controls the reservoir was built in 1942, stretches 202 feet high and 1,705 feet across the French Broad River. Douglas Lake provides 513 miles of shoreline and 28,420 acres of water surface for recreation activities. In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Douglas Reservoir varies about 44 feet from summer to winter. Although most of the shoreline along the 43 mile-long lake is private, TVA provides two campgrounds near the dam that offer access to the lake. Amenities include restrooms with showers, picnic areas with tables, a boat ramp and a swimming beach.