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