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A Short Review of Norris Lake reveals over 800 miles of shoreline, two state wildlife management areas, three state parks, numerous boat docks and marinas, county parks, and public access areas. Norris Lake extends 56 miles up the Powell River and 72 miles up the Clinch River. The lake has a surface area of more than 34,000 acres. Located in an area of ridges and valleys, it has an abundance of secluded coves.
Norris Lake lies east of Interstate 75 at the exits for LaFollette, Caryville, Rocky Top, Clinton and Andersonville. The lake is immediately to the north of Knoxville Tennessee. State Highway 33 offers access to the southeastern waters of Norris Lake, Clinch and Powell rivers.
Cove Lake, Big Ridge and the area around Norris Dam where TVA established demonstration public parks, later became the nucleus of Tennessee’s state park system. The State of Tennessee administers two large game management areas, three state parks and 59 public access areas. There are three county parks.
TVA originally acquired a broad strip of shoreline around Norris Lake. TVA has retained a continuous shoreline strip of about 22,000 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Tennessee for future recreational development.
The first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority created Norris Lake. A hydroelectric dam whose construction was completed in 1936. Norris has the largest flood control storage of any of the TVA dams on a tributary of the Tennessee River. More information on Norris Lake levels is available at the TVA website [here].