KNOXVILLE OFFERS MILES OF SHORELINE ON FT. LOUDOUN LAKE
Running through the middle of Knoxville, Fort Loudoun Lake is formed by the Holston, French Broad and Little Tennessee rivers and is named for the historic Fort Loudoun.
It is 55 miles long, has 14,600 acres of surface area and 360 miles of shoreline. Loudon, Blount and Knox counties surround Fort Loudoun Lake. This lake offers year-round recreation including: boating, fishing, waterskiing, jetskiing, swimming, camping, public parks, public lake access areas and much more.
Fort Loudoun Dam is located on Highway 321 in Lenoir City, Tennessee. It is 125 feet high, 4190 feet long and consists of 582,000 cubic yards of concrete. It is the uppermost dam on the Tennessee River's mainstream. Construction began July 1940 and was completed July 1944. TVA began filling the reservoir in August 1943. The dam cost $41,000,000 and took over 19,500,000 man hours for completion. Fort Loudoun Dam's main purpose is to provide electric power, flood control, recreation, and navigation.
The Fort Loudoun and Tellico Dams work together to serve these purposes. Fort Loudoun Dam has a 360 foot lock which raises boats and barges from Watts Bar Lake to Fort Loudoun Lake. This lock provides transit for 500,000 tons of cargo annually.
You can travel by boat from Knoxville to the Gulf of Mexico because of the system of Tennessee Valley Authority navigational locks.
OVER 3,700 MILES OF SHORELINE SURROUNDS KNOXVILLE
We are blessed with lakes and mountains surrounding the Knoxville Metro Area. The seven lakes, six rivers, and miles of hiking trails offer an unique enviroment for you and your family.
Oh, did I mention that Tennessee does not have income tax - a tax friendly state.
Tennessee offers free educational opportunites to high school graduates and adults who did not have an opportunity to get a higher education.