Watauga’s surface covers 10.05 square miles of two mostly-rural Tennessee counties: Johnson County and Carter County. Started in 1942 and finally dammed on the last day of 1948, Watauga Lake is the TVA’s highest-elevated reservoir in Tennessee. It is surrounded by densely forested mountains in the “high country”, Watauga Lake sits 1,959 feet above sea level at “full pool” (full summertime elevation). It is usually a few degrees cooler than similar locations closer to sea level.
Watauga Lake is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, enjoys the most stunningly beautiful lake and mountain views in the ‘Volunteer State’. This lake is accessible only by winding mountain roads and is highlighted by the Appalachian Trail which crosses the southwestern tip of Watauga Lake.
Marinas on the Watauga Lake in Johnson County,TN
Pioneer Landing Marina
105 Cowan Town Road
Butler, Tennessee 37640
Mallard Cove Marina
200 Mallard Cove Drive