Lakes & Rivers

Make a splash on one of East Tennessee’s picturesque lakes, quarries, rivers, or mountain streams – whether it's from the stroke of a paddle, the cast of a fishing line, or a refreshing plunge to escape the summer heat.


Nine TVA reservoir lakes in and around Knoxville provide miles of shoreline and waterfront parks. An abundance of spring-fed lakes, quarries, and small ponds are also available for the enjoyment of water activities. 

Cherokee Lake

Chilhowee Lake

Cove Lake

Douglas Lake

Fort Loudoun Lake

Melton Hill Lake

Norris Lake

Tellico Lake

Watts Bar Lake


Remnants of Knoxville’s historic limestone and marble quarries are now beautiful deep blue lakes just perfect for a peaceful paddle.

Ft Dickerson Quarry

Meads Quarry


The beautiful Tennessee River that winds through Knoxville begins just east of downtown at the confluence of the French Broad and Holston rivers. These, and several other rivers in the region offer unparalleled opportunities for fishing, paddling, white water rafting, boating, and swimming.

Big South Fork River

Clinch River

French Broad River

Holston River

Little River

Nolichucky River

Obed Wild & Scenic River

Pigeon River

Powell River

Tellico River

Tennessee River


From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Cumberland Plateau, thousands of miles of rushing mountain streams flow through East Tennessee. A variety of experiences await anglers – from remote, headwater trout streams to coolwater smallmouth bass creeks.

Big South Fork NRRA

Cherokee National Forest - North

Cherokee National Forest - South

Great Smoky Mountains


CHOTA Canoe & Kayak Club 

East TN Rowing Organization 

East TN Whitewater Club 

Knoxville On The Water Meetup 

Knoxville Rowing Association 

KTown SUP Club 

Oak Ridge Rowing Association 

Tennessee Crew 

Trail Blazers Adventure Racing 

UT Outdoor Rec Program 

Concord Yacht Club

American Rivers 

East TN Fishing 

Perfect Fly - Clinch River 

American Canoe Organization 

American Whitewater 


Smoky Mountain Kayaking 

Tennessee Scenic River Association