The Douglas Dam

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In your search for area information on Douglas Lake, you may have heard our area referred to as Dandridge, Douglas Lake or even Douglas Dam as the three share nomenclature for this particular lakeside region of the Smoky Mountains, and it is a bit out of the ordinary, isn’t it? As far as tourism goes in the US, places that are famous by their reservoirs aren’t as high on the list as national parks, gambling cities, but our dam is one of many iconic elements that make the Dandridge area of the Tennessee Smokies unique.

A bit of a history lesson on Douglas Dam? You betcha!

Douglas Dam was built in 1943 after construction began 12.5 months earlier. For a hydroelectric facility this size, with four units generating electricity, a flood-storage capacity of 1,082,000 acre-feet, 513 miles of lake shoreline, 28,420 acres of water surface and a third of a mile long across the French Broad River, it was literally a world record that we were able to complete construction so quickly! Douglas Dam was part of several Tennessee Valley Authority projects designed to help drive the war effort for the continuing WWII. Now that WWII is over, thankfully, the dam, lake and all its works remain to control the water quality of the Tennessee, the lake, the French Broad river and more.

The Dam itself is available as a recreational park of sorts, easily accessible from Douglas Dam road (connecting Highway 66 between Sevierville and Kodak to Dandridge, TN) and it offers walkways, rest facilities, and a big ol’ long walk for fishing opportunities down around the lake. You can see more on the facility at https://www.tva.gov/Energy/Our-Power-System/Hydroelectric/Douglas-Reservoir.

And now here’s some other potentially useful links for your consideration:

* Lake Levels

* Sport Fish Survey Results

* Ecological health Indicators at Douglas Reservoir

* Recreational Facilities

 

Fishing and Lake Info:

http://www.douglaslake.info/Fishing/
http://www.3riversangler.com/french-broad-river.html
https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Douglas/Douglas-Spring-Sport-Fish-Survey-Results
https://www.tn.gov/twra/fishing.html

IMG_2823-1024x768Fishing Providers:

Smokies Angling Adventures
3520 Dockery Dr, Mascot, TN 37806
865-661-5107
http://smokiesangling.com/

Bucks-N-Bass
664 E Meeting St, Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-6455
http://www.bucksnbass.com/

Nathan Mountain Fishing Guide
423-726-0240
http://www.nathanmountainoutdoors.com/

Rimmer Sporting Goods
1060 TN-92, Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-9303
https://www.facebook.com/Rimmers-Sporting-Goods-994704337244586/?rf=112007712196896

Indian Creek Dock
2321 Norman Way, Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-7286
http://www.douglas-lake.org/indian-creek-boat-dock/

Scalf Wholesale Bait
1530 Phillips Rd, Talbott, TN 37877
(865) 397-2851
https://www.hookandbullet.com/scalf-wholesale-bait-bait-shop_865-397-2851/

B & D Hunting & Fishing
585 Industrial Rd, Newport, TN 37821
(423) 623-1300
https://www.facebook.com/pages/B-and-D-Hunting-and-Fishing/167979393217309

The Dam Store
1425 Boat Launch Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 428-9185
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dam-Store/181059938676910

Fishing Tournament Information For 2018:

Fishing League Worldwide – T-H Marine BFL
4/7/18
South Holston Reservoir – Bristol, TN
https://www.flwfishing.com/schedule

White Pine Marine
4/21/18
Douglas Lake – Dandridge, TN
http://whitepinemarine.com/tournament-trail/

Fishing League Worldwide – T-H Marine BFL
4/28/18
Cherokee Lake – Morristown, TN
https://www.flwfishing.com/schedule

2018 Carhartt College Eastern Tour
5/10/18 – 5/12/18
Lake Cherokee – Jefferson City, TN
https://www.bassmaster.com/2018-tournament-schedule

Best of the Best Tournament
5/19/18 – 5/20/18
Cherokee Lake – Morristown, TN
http://www.heartlandanglers.com/

White Pine Marine
5/19/18
Cherokee Lake – Morristown, TN
http://whitepinemarine.com/tournament-trail/

Fishing League Worldwide – T-H Marine BFL
6/9/18
Douglas Lake – Kodak, TN
https://www.flwfishing.com/schedule

2018 Bass Pro Shops Eastern Open #4
9/13/18 – 9/15/18
Douglas Lake – Dandridge, TN
https://www.bassmaster.com/2018-tournament-schedule

White Pine Marine
9/22/18
Douglas Lake – Dandridge, TN
http://whitepinemarine.com/tournament-trail/

White Pine Marine
10/6/18
Douglas Lake – Dandridge, TN
http://whitepinemarine.com/tournament-trail/