Douglas Lake

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General Information

Douglas Lake is 30,400 acres with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends 43.10 upstream from Douglas Dam. The Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are the primary tributaries. The water in Douglas Lake is green in color with water clarity being greatest near the dam. The Bottom is mostly silt and clay with are of rock and bluffs. The shoreline is only 17% developed with the remainder being controlled by TVA.

Douglas Lake is renowned for its Large Mouth Bass and Crappie. Popular sports fish species include White Bass, Sauger, Black Crappie, Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, Walleye, Blue Cat, Flat Head Catfish, Channel Catfish, Red Horse, Red Breast Sunfish and Bluegill. Douglas Lake is rated one of the top five Crappie fishing lakes in the nation and in the top 10 for Large Mouth Bass. Spring and Fall are the more preferred times to fish in Douglas.

Fishing License

You will need a license if you are fishing. A license can be purchased at major department stores such as Wal-Mart, K-mart and other smaller convenience stores.


Conveniently located to action packed Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It is a deep man-made lake and swimming is a favorite past-time. However Swim at your own risk.

Douglas lake in the majestic Smoky Mountains