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Dandridge approves new bridge to replace one paved with history


Date: 7/13/2014 9:59:00 PM

(WBIR- Jefferson County) The Dandridge City Council approved plans last week for a new bridge to replace the Hoskins-Jarnagin bridge that crosses Douglas Lake. Council member Mike Chambers said the existing bridge is 16 feet wide with no shoulders

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Dandridge approves new bridge to replace one paved with history


Date: 7/13/2014 9:59:00 PM

Dandridge approves new bridge to replace one paved with history A new bridge will soon help drivers in Dandridge cross over Douglas Lake. The city council approved the plans which call for a much bigger bridge to accomadate its growing future. Check out

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Need a vacation? Consider these 12 spots

NBC News

Date: 7/12/2014 11:44:00 PM

Douglas Lake is a must for water activities, Murrow says, as is the 100 year old Tinsley-Bible Drug Company, where an old-fashioned soda fountain serves milkshakes, burgers, and homemade fried apple pie. At the newly opened Visitor Center at Bush Brothers

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Bob Hodge: Organizers all in for Mountain Music Kids Bass Tournament

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 7/12/2014 2:35:00 PM

The 23rd edition of the Mountain Music Kids Bass Tournament on Douglas Lake was going to be the last. Before the tournament launched last July, Stanley Jackson and the men and women who have helped him make the tournament one of the largest fishing events

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Beauty and Ruin in Pigeon Forge

The Awl

Date: 7/10/2014 6:19:00 PM

On the map, Douglas Lake looks like a snake that’s been run over by a car, spindly and bulging, with tiny branches trickling off on every side. The land slips so smoothly into this seventy-year-old body of water that you are moved to imagine the terrain

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