Jefferson County is all about the great outdoors! It has Cherokee Lake on its northern border and Douglas Lake on its southern border attracting visitors who enjoy swimming, camping, fishing, skiing and boating.
The Douglas Reservoir is located at the foothills of Smoky Mountains on the French Broad River and provides 555 miles of shoreline and about 30,400 acres of water surface for recreation activities. It attracts more than 1.7 million recreation visits a year. Both Douglas and Cherokee lakes have similar fish populations offering anglers crappie, black crappie, largemouth bass, black bass, small mouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Although there is no closed fishing season, fish bite best from April to October. For more information about fishing tournaments on Douglas Lake contact Bucks-N-Bass at 865-397-6455.
Both lakes have several access areas, docks, camping areas and full service marinas. They are patrolled by TVA’s Public Safety Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. For the latest information on lake levels and stream flows contact TVA’s Lake Information Line 1-800-238-2264 or 865-623-2264.
Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased in the Jefferson County Clerk's office located at the Court House in Dandridge and other locations throughout the county. Tennessee residents over 65 are not required to buy a license; but if requested, they must prove their age and residence.
Douglas Lake also offers pontoon, Jet Ski, bass fishing boat and paddle boat rentals, covered and open boat slips, and dry stack facilities.
Horseback riding, English and Western riding instructions plus an “Equestrian Summer Camp” for children are also available in Dandridge. Overnight stalls and accommodations are available for those transporting or traveling with horses on I-40.
2321 Norman Way
1209 Highway 139
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2480 Roundhouse Road
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THE POINT MARINA
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