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Boat crash injures four on Douglas Lake

Johnson City Press

Date: 6/18/2018 9:17:00 AM

Four people were injured when a boat ran aground on Douglas Lake Sunday night, according to a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news release. TWRA officers arrived to the scene of the accident and discovered that the boat, a 2011 Mastercraft operated by

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The TVA looks to maintain water levels in lakes across East TN


Date: 5/30/2018 5:11:00 PM

The Tennessee Valley Authority is using dams around Douglas lake to make sure that water levels stay consistent. The TVA says that across the Tennessee valley, we've seen over 200 percent of our normal rainfall over the last week. Experts have turned their

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11-year-old Tennessee girl finds rare 475-million-year-old fossil

Deming Headlight

Date: 5/5/2018 12:39:00 PM

An 11-year-old Dandridge girl uncovered a 475 million year old fossil while fishing with her parents at Douglas Lake. Angela M Gosnell, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee Ryleigh Taylor, 11, poses with the fossil she discovered. (Photo: Tammy Taylor

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475-million-year-old 'Trilobites fossil' near Douglas Lake discovered by 11-year-old girl


Date: 5/5/2018 5:34:00 AM

An 11-year-old eastern Tennessee resident accidentally found an unusual rock with strange markings on it in the shore of Douglas Lake. After analyzing the mysterious rock-like object, scientists said that the girl has found a 475-million-year-old fossil of

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Tennessee girl finds 475-million-year-old fossil


Date: 5/4/2018 10:58:00 AM

Ryleigh Taylor, 11, spotted a 475-million-year-old fossil when she was walking along the shore of Douglas Lake. "To find something like that, it's really really cool," said Ryleigh. "I looked down while I was walking and I found it, I just saw it

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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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