Douglas Lake


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Full Pool: 990.0
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Partnership learns of potential prospects

Citizen Tribune

Date: 3/25/2017 7:53:00 PM

The recent Douglas Lake Clean-Up as part of the Great American Cleanup, was coordinated by Keep Cocke County Beautiful and resulted in the collection of 197 bags of trash from the lake bottoms. Chamber Director Lynn Ramsey reported that the February

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Not The Start Combs Was Hoping For


Date: 3/24/2017 10:13:00 PM

“I hadn’t seen any carp in there Saturday and it never went through my mind that that was going to happen. It happens at Douglas (Lake) a lot, but by then the fish are out deep so we don’t know how to fish around them or if it affects them, but

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Old Walters Bridge removed by Monday blast

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Date: 3/22/2017 10:59:00 AM

The construction company completing the new Walters Bridge over Douglas Lake between White Pine and Newport set off a blast Monday morning to remove the old structure that it replaced. This photo – taken from a video made by David Rivers – shows the

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Tag: Bald Eagle

Date: 3/22/2017 5:55:00 AM

TN — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Jefferson County in the area of Elliots Shoals on Douglas Lake near Dandridge, Tennessee. A reward of up to $12,500 is

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VIDEO: Crews blast Walters Bridge


Date: 3/20/2017 5:30:00 PM

Crews demolished the old steel truss on J.M. Walters Bridge Monday morning. The Walters Bridge Boat Ramp at Douglas Lake was closed for demolition. According to, the Walters Bridge was built in 1934. They said the bridge is an

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• River: French Broad River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 30,400 Acres
• Volume: 1,514,100 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 4,541 Square Miles
• Length: 43 Miles

Size & Depth - 30,400 acres with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends 43.1 miles upstream from the Douglas Dam.

Water Source - An impoundment of the French Broad River completed in 1943. The Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are the primary tributaries, and there are numerous small inlet creeks.

During rainy seasons, it is not uncommon for the lake to rise as much as 15 to 20 feet in a day or two, if heavy rains occur in the nearby Appalachians. Summer levels are usually relatively stable.

Water - Very fertile and green in color. Water clarity is greatest near the dam, while the upper sections of the lake are usually stained. In general, the lake stains easily following heavy rains due to the muddy bottom. Thermal stratification (thermocline) usually develops in the summer months. Dissolved oxygen becomes depleted below the thermocline during late summer (July and August), making fishing tough until cooler fall weather arrives.

Bottom - Mostly silt and clay with some areas of rock outcroppings and bluffs.

Shoreline - Only about 17% of the shoreline is developed; the remainder is controlled by the TVA. Rolling hills of farmland and residential areas surround the lake.

Cover - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has placed many fish attractors in the lake, mainly in the backs of hollows where they are marked by signs or buoys.

At full pool, downed trees along the bank offer cover for gamefish. In winter or spring, before the lake rises, cover is scarce and fish are found on channel drop-offs and rock outcroppings. Timber was cut prior to flooding, leaving numerous stump-covered flats. Due to the large drawdown, aquatic vegetation is lacking.
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