Dam as seen from the public overlook

Norris Lake
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.

Boating/Marina Facilities

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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