Fort Loudoun Lake

Region: Regional
Fort Loudon Lake
Knoxville, TN 37920



Fort Loudoun Lake is located at the headwaters of the Tennessee River near Knoxville and extends 55 miles upstream from the dam to the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers. Since Fort Loudoun is a navigable mainstream waterway, the annual drawdown is only six vertical feet. Water levels fluctuate between 813 and 807 feet above sea level. Fort Loudoun Lake features 379 miles of shoreline and 14,600 acres of water surface making it a popular recreational area for fishing, paddling, and birdwatching. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey, and bald eagles. The reservoir is connected by a short canal to the Tellico Reservoir on the nearby Little Tennessee River. The dam was completed in 1943 at a height of 122 feet high and stretches 4,190 feet across the Tennessee River.

Fishing: The lake is well known for it's great bass and catfishing. The most commonly harvested fish are largemouth, smallmouth, and white bass. Bluegill, crappie, and sauger are also present in good numbers.

fort loudoun Lake

Fort Loudoun Lake
Tennessee River
Release Schedule:
TVA - Fort Loudoun Dam
Phone: 865-632-2264

Fishing Reports:
TWRA Fishing Report
Navigation Charts
Access Points:
TVA Listings
Camping and Recreation:
TVA Camping & Rec Listings
Ft Loudoun State Park