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Boat Loads of Fun!

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.

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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.

Gator Point Marina 

H20 Sports 

Mountain Cove Marina 

Mountain Harbor Inn (Douglas Lake Marina)

Swanns Marina

The Point Resort and 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!

sunset

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Boating

 

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Water, Water Everywhere!

What do you think of when you hear Smoky Mountain National Park, well for one thing you probably think of mountain scenery, hiking, and wildlife viewing and those are all great things to not only think about but do.  Another great resource in and around the area is water and all it offers.

Many of the most popular hikes in the park include a waterfall along the way.  Many of the roads in the park follow the river and there are some beautiful picnic spots along the rivers edge. Another great spot to view the strong rushing water is The Sinks a spot on the Little Pigeon River approximately 12 miles from  Sugarlands Visitor Center.  The views here are of cascades and the currents are very strong. There is a pull off here with a few parking spaces but if the area is full you can still get a good view by driving slowly as you cross over the bridge.

For those looking for swimming holes there are several of those in the park too. Here’s a list:

  • Little River – Townsend, TN. …
  • Deep Creek – Bryson City, NC. …
  • Green Brier – Gatlinburg, TN. …
  • Cherokee Rapids – Cherokee, NC. …
  • Little Pigeon River Banks – Sevierville, TN. …
  • Midnight Hole – NC/TN. …
  • Abrams Falls – Cades Cove, TN. …
  • Metcalf Bottoms – Gatlinburg, TN.

Another great form of recreation on the river is fishing and can be done year round in the park.  Licenses are required and some streams may be off limits so be sure to check with the park system for all rules/regulations regarding fishing in the park.

Not an angler, no worries how about floating away the day on a tube.  Several companies in the area for tube rentals.  Another way to float/ride the river white water rafting of course, check out the different package deals and different trips some include the fast rapids others a more leisurely float down the river.

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If you want to spend the day on a lovely lake it is only a short drive from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge to Dandridge TN and beautiful Douglas Lake.  There you can rent boats of all types, jet skis, sea doos, and waverunners too.  Take a look at our other article Boat Loads of Fun for more area rental companies.

Looking for a great water park, try Dollywood’s Splash Country with 35 acres of waterslides, attractions, pools and play areas.

Another way to cool off, take a wet roll down the hill at The Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge.

So rather you desire to get in the water, on the water or just have a great view of the water you will find it all right here in the Smoky Mountains!

Water anyone?

 

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A great way to get out and experience the great outdoors!  Climb a top one of these beautiful creatures and enjoy the scenery!  Here is a list of some of the riding stables in the area.

The 1-4 are located in the national park.  Cades Cove Stables offers hay rides and carriage rides as well as single rider.  Smokemont offers wagon rides.

Be sure to call or check websites for operating times, rates and restrictions.

1.   Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, 1720 East Parkway, Gatlinburg TN   865-436-5634

http://www.smokymountainridingstables.com/

2.   Smokemont Riding Stables, 135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road, Cherokee, NC  828-497-2373

http://www.smokemontridingstable.com/

3.   Sugarlands Riding Stable, 1409 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN, 865-436-3535

http://www.sugarlandsridingstables.com/

4.   Cade’s Cove Riding Stables, Cades Cove Townsend, TN,  865-448-9009

http://cadescovestables.com/index.shtml

5.   Five Oaks Riding Stables, 1630 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 877-538-0569

http://www.fiveoaksridingstables.com/

6.   Davy Crockett Riding Stables, 550 Old Cades Cove Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-6411

http://davycrockettridingstables.com/

7.   Deer Farm Riding Stables, 470 Happy Hollow Lane, Sevierville, TN 865-429-2276

http://www.deerfarmzoo.com/horserides.html

8.  Big Rock Dude Ranch, 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN  865-428-9398

http://www.horseridingbigrock.com/

9.  Next to Heaven Riding Stables, 1239 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-9150

https://www.facebook.com/next2heavensmokies/

10.  McCarter’s Riding Stable, 923 Robinson Gap Road, Sevierville, TN 865-436-5354

11.  Cedar Ridge Stables, 3 mi out of Sevierville, 865-428-5802

12.  Douglas Lake View Stables, 1650 Providence Road, Sevierville, TN 423-428-3587

 

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