Douglas Lake


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984.85 FEET
Full Pool: 990.0
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Video shows invasive freshwater jellyfish found in Northern Michigan lake


Date: 8/26/2015 12:52:00 PM

"They are not dangerous." Moore and staff at the University of Michigan Biological Station on Douglas Lake near Pellston got a chance to eyeball the jellies up close this month after some were found in nearby Burt Lake and brought to the field station for

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Letter: More landowners oppose jet boat

Mountain Press

Date: 8/20/2015 1:34:00 PM

Years ago we lived in Dandridge on Douglas Lake and felt that TVA were good stewards of that body of water and protected the safety of everyone using it. Douglas Lake should be considered as an alternative site for this endeavor. It baffles us to

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Circle Drive closing during bridge construction

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Date: 8/18/2015 6:13:00 AM

Dandridge Council gave its approval last week for a temporary closure of Circle Drive during TDOT’s construction of a new Highway 92 Douglas Lake Bridge. The town still has not agreed to an offer to purchase city property near the public library to make

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Newly released bald eagle honors congressman's late wife


Date: 8/12/2015 3:20:00 PM

Hope was released into the wild Wednesday morning from the hacking tower on Douglas Lake in Jefferson County. Congressman Phil Roe and his daughter Whitney released the bird to honor the memory of his wife. Pamela Roe died earlier this year from cancer

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Traffic tips

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 8/11/2015 6:07:00 AM

Jefferson County drivers on the Interstate 40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River should be alert I-40 East and West across the bridge over Douglas Lake near mile marker 425 is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews continue a bridge

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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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