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Boone Lake - Tennessee

Boone Lake is a reservoir in Sullivan and

Washington counties in northeastern Tennessee, formed by the impoundment of the South Fork Holston River and Watauga River behind Boone Dam.

The dam and reservoir are maintained and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The lake has a surface area of about 4,400 acres and a flood-storage capacity of 75,829 acre-feet. Water levels in the reservoir fluctuate over a range of about 20 feet over the course of a year.

Recreational facilities on the lake include a swimming area and a boat ramp. Water skiing and fishing are popular activities on the lake. Fish species in the lake of interest to sport fishermen include brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and striped bass.


Boone Dam


Boone Lake

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Beach Area


Recreational Area

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Coversations/Things we learned:

This dam and lake is maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and a sinkhole at the dam was mitigated after 7 years, restoring the lake to its normal levels. The recreational area and lake were amazing and offer a great place for fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and picnicking. The park near the dam is in exceptional shape and we found the grounds and bathrooms very clean. Campgrounds are operated by private owners and surround the lake and rivers with immediate access. A very good place to visit.

Contact Information:

Park location and contact:

281 Boone Dam Road

Kingsport, Tennessee 37663


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