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Full Pool: 990.0
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Pair of road closures approved in north end

Daily Herald Tribune

Date: 3/25/2015 5:19:00 PM

Bennett said his support of the closure was contingent on an alternate route being constructed. Similar messages were received from Douglas Lake Equipment – with signatures from all departments – OC Properties Inc., and GP Feeders Association

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More charges filed on man who led police on chase

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 3/22/2015 6:57:00 PM

slid down an embankment and jumped into Douglas Lake in Jefferson County. Law enforcement officers jumped off the bridge and slid down the embankment after Cooper, Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan said. When Cooper tried to swim away, the officers swam

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Vehicle theft suspect argues ‘Grand Theft Auto’ defense

WWLP 22News

Date: 3/19/2015 1:21:00 PM

Speed was not a factor in the crash. Cooper then allegedly jumped out of his vehicle and swam in Douglas Lake where he was soon taken into custody. Cooper had been wanted for a string of car thefts spanning Cocke, Jefferson, Sevier and Hamblen counties

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Dream comes true as girl battling cystic fibrosis goes camping


Date: 3/14/2015 6:55:00 AM

Tennessee RV spent the afternoon showing them how the camper works as they got ready to take it out on its maiden voyage to Douglas Lake. "I'm just very happy. I'm ready to go camping," Kayli says. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet. I think it will

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Douglas TVA campgrounds open Sunday

Mountain Press

Date: 3/13/2015 2:18:00 PM

The two Douglas Lake campgrounds owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority open this weekend. Douglas Dam Headwater Campround and Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground, both fresh from receiving an off-season's worth of maintenance and a new management plan

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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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