|Dam as seen from the public overlook
Recreation abounds on
Norris Lake where the mountains meet the water. This beautiful lake extends 56 miles up the Powell River and 72 miles up the
Clinch River, surrounded by the majestic mountains of East Tennessee. Norris Lake encompasses 34,000 acres of water basin
with 800 miles of shoreline.
Recreational use of Norris Lake exceeds that of any other TVA tributary lake. At normal summer pool, with the lake
level at 1020 (sea level), there are over 34,000 acres of water. Seasonal activities include boating, water sports, fishing,
swimming, scuba diving and just plain old relaxing. Norris Lake has over 56 species of fish and is well known for its striper
fishing. Along the 809 miles of shoreline many more activities can be enjoyed like golfing, hiking, horseback riding, rock
climbing and camping. With hundreds of secluded coves, 3 state parks, two wildlife management areas, 18 commercial marinas and
59 public access sites, Norris Lake has become a favored vacation destination. The shoreline includes over 50 miles of islands,
numerous picnic areas, caves, cliffs, beaches and gradual sloping shorelines. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted including
deer, turkey, great blue herons and a few eagles along with cows and horses grazing at the shoreline. There truly is something
for everyone at Norris Lake.
Norris Dam State Park
This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris
Reservoir and within the City of Norris, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead
hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. Many other attractions await your finding at Norris Dam State Park.
Located on the shores of Norris Lake with 800 miles of shoreline, one of the most picturesque reservoirs in the TVA
system, this park offers the ultimate in boating, skiing and fishing fun. The park offers a fully equipped marina, a boat
ramp available to the general public, and pontoon boats available for rent. A large, completely equipped commercial marina is located adjacent to the dam. For more information: 865-494-8138
Tennessee Boating Regulations
Sites available to persons with a disability. The park has
two camping areas with 25 sites in the east section and 50 sites in the west section of the park. Sites have tables, grills
and electrical and water hookups, while some sites in the east primitive section lack these facilities. Modern bathhouses
and dump stations are provided, and a laundromat is located near the park Village Green Complex adjacent to the pool and recreation
center. Sites are available only on a first-come, first-serve basis, and maximum stay limit is two weeks. A primitive camping
area is available to scout and other youth groups by reservation only. Laundry
facilities are available and the cost is $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry.
For information on fishing guide service, call: 865-494-8138
Trout fishing at its best!
Lake and river fishing available with catches
of Brown and Rainbow trout, striper bass, small and largemouth bass, walleye, and crappie abundant. Fishing guide service
is available. Contact the park marina for more information.
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