TVA created Douglas Lake on the French Broad River in 1941 for flood control and power generation. Douglas Lake is located among the rolling uplands of the Great Valley of east Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of the lush, green Smoky Mountain foothills, Douglas attracts two million recreation visitors a year. Picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing are all popular activities at the reservoir. Douglas Dam is on the French Broad River in east Tennessee. The reservoir extends 43 miles upriver from the dam through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Douglas and other TVA reservoirs built during World War II made a historic contribution, providing hydropower to drive the war effort. The reservoir remains an integral unit in the overall water control system in the Tennessee Valley. Work on Douglas Dam began in February 1942 and was completed on a crash schedule in just 12 months and 17 days. The construction of Douglas set a world record for projects of equivalent size. The water level in Douglas Reservoir varies about 41 feet in a normal year.
Douglas has a flood storage capacity of 1,081,880 acre feet. Under normal conditions, Douglas stores spring rainwater for release during the dry summer and fall months to maintain adequate depth for navigation on the Tennessee River and to generate electricity. Water levels begin dropping in late summer to provide space for the next spring’s rains. Birdwatchers enjoy the fall migration of shore birds, wading birds, and other waterfowl that flock to Douglas from late July to early October. The birds rest and feed in the muddy shoreline and areas of shallow water exposed as the level of the reservoir is lowered to prevent spring flooding downstream.
Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground
This is a self service campground 423-585-2120). 62 campsites with water and electric hookup and two handicapped accessible sites. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, children’s play equipment, picnic tables and grills, group pavilion available by reservation, boat ramp, river fishing with fishing pier, bait and tackle shop, wildlife viewing area, bird watching 829 Riverview Way Sevierville, TN 37876 Near Sevierville and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tenn. From Interstate 40 take exit 407. Go South on Hwy. 66, then 3.5 miles east on Hwy. 139, then 0.5 miles south on Hwy. 338 to campground.
Information courtesy of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
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