Douglas Lake


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958.97 FEET
Full Pool: 990.0
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2017 Classic field complete


Date: 12/5/2016 7:37:00 AM

Two additional berths were shifted back to the Elite Series points standings because David Mullins (Douglas Lake Southern Open winner) and Bryan Schmitt (Lake Champlain Northern Open winner) did not fish all three Opens in their respective divisions and

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Observers get biology lesson on Douglas Lake

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Date: 11/22/2016 10:37:00 PM

While Tennessee Valley Authority biologists surveyed aquatic life on Douglas Reservoir last Wednesday, the public was treated to a hands-on biology class. TVA professionals used one boat to sample fish and another to sample wildlife in bottom sediment

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TVA surveys aquatic life on Douglas Lake


Date: 11/16/2016 11:26:00 AM

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-The Tennessee Valley Authority took samples of various aquatic life Wednesday at Douglas Lake as part of its effort to track the health of the reservoir. Fish are collected using boat-mounted electro-fishing equipment, which

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TVA helps fight wildfires with water drops


Date: 11/15/2016 4:24:00 AM

TVA shared this photo on their Facebook page, showing a firefighter helicopter using a 500-gallon water basket to pull water from TVA waterways, such as Douglas Lake near the Cherokee Forest. According to TVA, it would take nearly 10 million such

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Defunct ferry on French Broad was once a source of transportation, entertainment

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 11/10/2016 5:03:00 AM

Back then, before TVA created Douglas Lake, the French Broad wasn’t as wide or the current as swift as it is now. When the water was running high, the ferry, attached to overhead cables stretched across the water and anchored to each bank, was propelled

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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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