Fort Loudoun Lake
Fort Loudoun Lake Homes provide 379 miles of shoreline and 14,600 acres of water surface. Fort Loudoun is named for the 18th century British fort built on a nearby site during the French and Indian War. The fort was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander of British forces in North America at the time. Fort Loudoun Dam is 122 feet high and stretches 4,190 feet across the Tennessee River. The 60- by 360-foot Fort Loudoun lock raises and lowers river craft about 70 feet between the reservoir and Watts Bar Reservoir.
There are 7 major lakes surrounding Knoxville. These are Cherokee, Douglas, Fort Loudoun, Melton Hill, Norris, Tellico and Watts Bar Lakes.
Melton Hill Lake is the smallest. This lake fluctuates day-to-day. It maintains water level consistently throughout the year.
Norris, Douglas and Cherokee Lakes are reservoir lakes. The water level varies the most on these lakes. Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar and Tellico vary 4 to 7 feet. These six lakes are lowered in the winter months, generally from mid-November to mid-April. Most folks feel it’s too cold to go out on the lake in those months. Personally, I feel year round view is important, not year round water. (It really is too cold on the water!) But that is just my opinion.
For more information on lake levels, visit the TVA website – Reservoir Information, select the lake you are interested in and check the Operating Guides.