Sevier County’s largest body of water, Douglas Lake covers over 30,000 acres at the northern most part of Sevier County as well as parts of adjoining Jefferson, Cocke, and Hamblen Counties.
Douglas Lake was built in 1943 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for the purpose of producing hydro-electric power and to reduce area flooding. The lake, once occupied by dozens of large lowland farms, was flooded and many of the structures left standing beneath the water’s surface. A visit round the northern lake area will reveal old farm silos still standing to this day.
While the intended purpose for Douglas Lake has not changed, the over 550 miles of shoreline produce some of the main recreational opportunities for the Smoky Mountains area. Most residents, on or around Douglas Lake, enjoy spectacular backdrop views of the Smoky Mountains. The lake is home to several annual fishing tournaments, a verity of boaters, skiers, camp grounds and other outdoor recreational activities. Water levels are controlled by the TVA and fluctuate significantly, especially dependent upon the season. The waterline fluctuation is an important consideration for those looking to purchase Douglas Lake real estate, your property line can be covered by water part of the year and fully exposed as dirt/mud at other times.
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