When you think of the Smoky Mountains what do you think of? Why mountains and streams and hiking trails, shopping and attractions of all sorts. You may not even be aware that there is a beautiful lake very near all those other wonderful things. Just a short drive from Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mt National Park is beautiful Douglas Lake, located in Dandridge TN.
Douglas Lake (Douglas Reservoir) was formed in 1943 as a means of flood control and hydroelectric power. The lake has more than 550 miles of shoreline most of which are privately owned. The reservoir is 43.1 miles long with a maximum depth of 140 feet. Douglas Lake is known for it’s large mouth bass, and crappie, but there are plenty of other sport fish in the lake as well. Best times to fish the lake are spring and fall.
As with all bodies of water, water sports are very popular here, not just fishing but swimming, boating, jet skis and all the associated activities that go along with them. For those of you who are water lovers I know it doesn’t get much better than getting out on the water and enjoying the sights and sounds offered there. For a romantic/relaxing time it doesn’t get much better than seeing a beautiful sunset coupled with a beautiful backdrop of water.
Considered one of the prettiest lakes in Tennessee we hope you will take the short drive and take a day to have some fun on the water. And the purpose of this article is to not only make you aware of the beautiful lake in the area but to arm you with info on ways to get out there and enjoy it. So below I have a listed several marinas in the area that offer boat rentals including paddle boats, pontoons, bass, and speed boats. Some offer rentals on jet ski’s, wave runners and sea doos. For additional info click on the name of the marina.
There is so much beauty and so many ways to enjoy it in the Smoky’s we hope you will take advantage of every single one of them. Take a day to come enjoy the lake while you are visiting. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s waiting for you. Enjoy!