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Watts-Bar-Lake is a reservoir located in Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Rhea Counties in east Tennessee on the Tennessee River. It was formed by the construction of the Watts Bay Dam by the TVA for flood control and power supply. Situated in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley, Watts Bar Lake covers 39,000 acres and has over 780 miles of shoreline for swimming, sunning, hiking and fishing, boating and water skiing. Boat docks and ramps are found throughout the area, and several area marinas provide 500 boat slips for large and small boats, houseboats, as well as providing supplies. There are unlimited coves and islands located around Watts Bar Lake that are perfect for exploration by boat or canoe. The lake is fed by three major rivers and six large creeks, so there's an abundance of fresh water fish, like jumbo crappie, bluegill and large and smallmouth bass. Watts Bar Lake is especially nice for family vacations, with many cabins and cottages, campgrounds and sandy beaches nestled among the wooded shoreline. It's also become a popular place among birdwatchers, where many water birds, including ospreys and herons, and bald eagles are regularly spotted. Several good restaurants are located nearby, and Watts Bar Lake is about an hour's drive to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. A Jack Nicklaus golf course is less than an hour away.

Surrounding areas: Spring City, Tennessee (1.4 mi), Decatur, Tennessee (11.5 mi), Pikeville, Tennessee (20.2 mi), Crossville, Tennessee (21.2 mi), Sweetwater, Tennessee (21.7 mi), Fairfield Glade, Tennessee (22.2 mi), Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee (28.9 mi)

Watts Bar Lake Vacation Rentals

Watts Bar Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Howard Johnson22500 Rhea City HwySpring City, TN1.3 mi.(423) 365-9191
Americas Best Value Inn7875 Rhea Country HwyDayton, TN16.1 mi.(423) 775-9190
Best Western Dayton7835 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN16.1 mi.(423) 775-6560
Holiday Inn Express2650 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN16.1 mi.(423) 570-0080
Hampton Inn Athens1821 Holiday DrAthens, TN18.5 mi.(423) 745-2345
Holiday Inn Express1819 Holiday DrAthens, TN18.5 mi.(423) 649-0003
Best Western Sweetwater Inn1421 Murrays Chapel RdSweetwater, TN18.9 mi.(423) 337-3541
Days Inn Of Athens2541 Decatur PikeAthens, TN19.5 mi.(423) 745-5800
Econo Lodge2620 Decatur PikeAthens, TN19.5 mi.(423) 744-8200
Comfort Suites2581 E First StCrossville, TN20.9 mi.(931) 707-8638
Super 82543 E First StCrossville, TN20.9 mi.(931) 707-7660
Best Western Leisure InnI-40 @ 127 North Exit 317Crossville, TN21.2 mi.(931) 484-1551
Inn At Thunder HollowRt 9 Sparta Hwy Hwy 70 SCrossville, TN21.2 mi.(931) 484-7190
La Quinta Inn4038 Hwy 127 NCrossville, TN21.2 mi.(931) 456-9338
Ramada Inn-crossville4083 Hwy 127 NCrossville, TN21.2 mi.(931) 484-7581
Americas Best Value Inn3380 N Main StCrossville, TN21.3 mi.(931) 484-9505
Villager Lodge714 Main StCrossville, TN21.3 mi.(931) 484-7561
Holiday Inn Express1845 S Roane StHarriman, TN21.3 mi.(865) 882-5340
Holiday Inn Express1885 S Roane StHarriman, TN21.3 mi.(865) 295-0001
Travelodge115 County Rd 247Athens, TN21.6 mi.(423) 745-1212
Comfort Inn731 S Main StSweetwater, TN21.8 mi.(423) 337-6646
Best Value Sweetwater Hotel180 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN22.1 mi.(423) 337-3511
Budget Host Inn207 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN22.1 mi.(423) 337-9357
Comfort Inn249 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN22.1 mi.(423) 337-3353
Days Inn229 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN22.1 mi.(423) 337-4200
Quality Inn & Suites1116 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN22.1 mi.(423) 337-4900
Holiday Inn Express560 Peavine RdCrossville, TN22.9 mi.(931) 707-1035
Comfort Inn905 N Kentucky StKingston, TN23.0 mi.(865) 376-4965
Family Inns Of AmericaI-40 At Gallaher RdKingston, TN23.2 mi.(865) 376-5573
Best Western SundancerI-40 & Hwy 27Harriman, TN23.9 mi.(865) 882-6200
Super 8 Motel1867 South Roang StHarriman, TN23.9 mi.(800) 800-8000
Days Inn495 Gallaher RdKingston, TN25.9 mi.(865) 376-2069
Country Inns & Suites12400 Us Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN28.7 mi.(865) 657-0050
Holiday Inn Express12400 Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN28.7 mi.(865) 458-5668
Bed & Breakfast
Bushrod Hall Bed & Breakfast422 Cumberland StHarriman, TN23.9 mi.(888) 880-8406

Watts Bar Lake Weather & Climate

A mild climate with four seasons best describes the climate of southern Tennessee. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most winter blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes. Hailstorms at a given location are observed 2 or 3 times a year. Thunderstorms are frequent in the warm season, and severe thunderstorms with damaging winds are experienced at scattered locations throughout the state each year. Summers are humid and fall is often the direst season. Winter in southeast Tennessee is generally mild and wet, and spring comes early to the state. Topography does have an affect on the general climate, and you can expect temperatures to be 10 - 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 45°F 25°F 5.75 in. -
February 50°F 26°F 4.90 in. -
March 59°F 34°F 6.12 in. -
April 69°F 42°F 4.58 in. -
May 76°F 51°F 5.62 in. -
June 83°F 60°F 5.15 in. -
July 87°F 64°F 5.53 in. -
August 85°F 62°F 4.27 in. -
September 80°F 56°F 3.93 in. -
October 70°F 43°F 3.49 in. -
November 58°F 34°F 5.17 in. -
December 48°F 27°F 5.73 in. -

Watts Bar Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Upper Cumberland Regional airport (SRB) located about 46 miles northwest of Watts Bar Lake in Sparta, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 48 miles east of Watts Bar Lake in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located roughly 49 miles southwest of Watts Bar Lake in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located around 55 miles northeast of Watts Bar Lake in Oneida, Tennessee, and finally the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 74 miles east of Watts Bar Lake in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Watts Bar Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA54.3 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN72.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN72.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN72.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC87.0 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC87.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA113.5 mi.
Nashville Shores Water ParkNashvilleTN113.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Dayton Golf & Country ClubEvensvilleTN10.3 mi.
Lakehaven Golf & Country ClubDecaturTN11.5 mi.
Rockwood Municipal Golf CourseRockwoodTN15.4 mi.
Fall Creek Falls State Park Golf CoursePikevilleTN19.8 mi.
Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State ParkCrossvilleTN20.5 mi.
Deer Creek Golf ClubCrossvilleTN20.5 mi.
River Run Golf CourseCrossvilleTN20.5 mi.
Southwest Point Golf CourseKingstonTN20.8 mi.
Ridgewood Golf ClubAthensTN21.9 mi.
White Oaks Golf CourseAthensTN21.9 mi.
Stonehenge Golf ClubFairfield GladeTN22.1 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseKingstonTN22.6 mi.
Emory Golf & Country ClubHarrimanTN23.8 mi.
Madisonville Golf CourseMadisonvilleTN29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC97.6 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC98.6 mi.
State Parks
Cumberland Mountain State ParkTN18.4 mi. 
Fall Creek Falls State ParkTN28.0 mi. 
Harrison Bay State ParkTN38.6 mi. 
Bone Cave State ParkTN39.8 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN34.3 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN39.3 mi.(Science)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN41.1 mi.(History)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN51.2 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN51.2 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN51.2 mi.(History)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN55.1 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN55.1 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN55.1 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN55.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN51.2 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN51.2 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN55.1 mi.

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