Watts Bar Lake


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The Unrivaled Canyon Hike In Tennessee Everyone Should Take At Least Once


Date: 10/24/2016 5:47:00 PM

The Tennessee River Gorge, located just a hop, skip and a jump from Chattanooga, is known as “The Grand Canyon of the South.” With over 17,000 acres of protected land, the canyon is known for its unprecedented beauty

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Steal Away to The Shoals


Date: 10/24/2016 9:37:00 AM

In the Northwest corner of Alabama, the Tennessee River links four cities—Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield—to form the area known as The Shoals. Each community has its own personality, but they share a common thread. Together

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Southern Company, TVA sign mutual aid agreements to help restore power after significant events


Date: 10/24/2016 9:20:00 AM

In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic

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A watershed moment of inspiration?

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 10/24/2016 8:19:00 AM

When I heard about Ross Bagwell’s idea for an artificial waterfall on the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville, my first reaction was, “Yeah, right. Is he gonna get plastic salmon to leap up these fake cascades on faux spawning runs? Or will he train

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Larry Cain Makes It a Three-Peat at Chattajack


Date: 10/23/2016 1:00:00 AM

and competitors traveling from far and wide for a chance to paddle down the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge. Conditions always dictate the times, with the wind and current having a big impact. Larry’s win this year was just over 15 minutes outside his

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 783 Miles
• Surface Area: 39,000 Acres
• Volume: 1,132,000 Acre Feet
• Length: 72 Miles
Located about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville, the lake begins as the Tennessee River below Fort Loudon Dam in Lenoir City, Tennessee and stretches 72.4 miles (116.5 km) to Watts Bar Dam, near Spring City, Tennessee.

The Clinch River connects to the main channel of the lake at mile 568 near Southwest Point in Kingston, Tennessee. The widening of the Clinch by the lake makes that river navigable all the way up to Melton Hill Dam, which is equipped with a navigation lock allowing navigation upstream through Oak Ridge and Clinton.

The partially navigable Emory River connects with the Clinch near the TVA's Kingston Steam Plant just upriver from the meeting with the Tennessee.

Including the Clinch and Emory arms, Watts Bar has 722 miles (1,160 km) of shoreline and 39,000 acres (160 km²) of surface area.

Minor tributaries include Poplar Creek, Caney Creek, and White's Creek. The lake contains several large islands, most notably Thief Neck Island, Long Island, and Sand Island.
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