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Douglas Lake covers 44.41 square miles with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends about 40 miles upstream from Douglas Dam. The lake is primarily fed by the Nolichucky River and French Broad River. 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 areas of rock and bluffs. The shoreline is only 17% developed with the remainder being controlled by the TVA.

Douglas Lake
parents with children playing in shallow water

Douglas Lake is renowned for its Largemouth 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 Largemouth 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 and other smaller convenience stores.


Conveniently located near action-packed Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Douglas Lake is a deep man-made lake where swimming is a favorite pastime.