Douglas Lake


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Full Pool: 990.0
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Inaugural Island Invasion Cleanup at Douglas Lake

Date: 8/23/2016 4:01:00 PM

Keep Sevier Beautiful is partnering with Douglas Lake the Beautiful to host a cleanup event at Douglas Lake this weekend after a letter to a local newspaper citing the trash within the Lake engaged citizens throughout the area to create the inaugural

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Drums on the Dam Dragon Boat Race


Date: 8/21/2016 12:24:00 PM

Twelve teams of 16 to 20 rowers competed in traditional Hong Kong style dragon boats. The winner was Ole Smoky Moonshine. They competed on beautiful Douglas Lake. This was the first dragon boat race to be held in Sevier County

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Ranch rodeo this weekend

Meritt Herald

Date: 8/18/2016 11:23:00 AM

Admission is free, and there is both a concession and a beer garden. Expected to take part in this year’s ranch rodeo are local teams from the Kane Lake, Nicola and Douglas Lake Ranches, as well as visiting teams from the Coldstream, Gang, River and

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First steel goes up on new bridge

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Date: 8/18/2016 7:16:00 AM

The first horizontal steel bridge support on a new $29.1 million bridge across Douglas Lake at Dandridge was installed yesterday morning. Other steal beams 153 feet long were scheduled to be installed today and Friday, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next

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Fisherman is fifth to drown on Douglas

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Date: 8/16/2016 7:12:00 AM

A Newport fisherman drowned in Douglas Lake Friday morning after swimming out from shore to retrieve his drifting boat. The incident marks the fifth drowning on Douglas Lake this boating season, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

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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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