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Construction projects in headlines to begin 2016

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Date: 1/10/2017 9:54:00 AM

Equipment was being moved into place for the start of construction of a new bridge across Douglas Lake in early spring. The $29.1 million project was to begin in April, replacing the old “green” bridge connecting Dandridge with the southern part of the

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Fishing club fighting for access to lakes

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Date: 1/9/2017 7:54:00 PM

Douglas Lake Cattle Co. is suing the fish and game club. Through a counter-claim, the club is seeking an order declaring access roads leading to Minnie and Stoney lakes are public roads and that the fish and fishery they access are public. Harvey said

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Lake access fight pits fishing club against billionaire owner of Douglas Lake Ranch

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Date: 1/8/2017 6:46:00 AM

A decades-long dispute over the right of British Columbians to have access to lakes and fish on privately held property will finally be considered by the Supreme Court of B.C. in Kamloops on Monday. Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club member Rick McGowan was

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Highland woman helps animals displaced by fires in Tennessee


Date: 1/6/2017 6:13:00 AM

Using money out of her own pocket, Dorsey made a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Dec. 20. There, she dropped off a U-Haul full of donations to the Douglas Lake View Stables. Dorsey’s three children and mother also came along for the ride

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Dandridge moves ahead on plans for new dock

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Date: 12/15/2016 8:37:00 AM

The pier would be usable March through October and will accommodate up to 50 feet of Douglas Lake fluctuation. Council has already submitted an application for a $50,000 state tourism enhancement grant that could help with the project. The pier will be the

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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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