Description - Douglas Reservoir is located among the rolling uplands of the Great Valley of east Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of the lush, green Smoky Mountain foothills, Douglas attracts two million recreation visitors a year. Picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing are all popular activities at the reservoir.
Douglas and other TVA reservoirs built during World War II made a historic contribution, providing hydropower to drive the war effort. The reservoir remains an integral unit in the overall water control system in the Tennessee Valley.
Douglas provides 513 miles of shoreline and about 28,420 acres of water surface for recreation activities.
Douglas Dam is 202 feet high and stretches 1,705 feet across the French Broad River.
The water level in Douglas Reservoir varies about 41 feet in a normal year.
- Douglas Dam Headwater Campground
This is a self-service campground (423-585-2120). 65 campsites, 61 with water and electric hookup and two handicapped-accessible sites. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables, swimming beach, boat ramp, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching.
Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area features walking trails through 30 acres of mature hardwood forest, limestone sinkholes, spring wildflowers, and vistas of the dam and tailwaters.
Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground is a self-service campground (423-585-2120). 62 campsites with water and electric hookup and two handicapped-accessible sites. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, children’s play equipment, picnic tables and grills, group pavilion available by reservation, boat ramp, river fishing with fishing pier, bait and tackle shop, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching.
The picnic pavilion has the following amenities: (1) electrical outlet with (2) plug ins, no lighting under the pavilion but there is lighting on the outside of pavilion, (10) tables that will seat 60 people and there is stadium seating outside the pavilion that will seat (200), (1) large covered charcoal grill and (1) large uncovered grill, handicap accessible, restrooms near by (about 300 feet), not near the beach area or boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no other equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball poles/net, etc.
Recreation - Set against the backdrop of the lush, green Smoky Mountain foothills, Douglas attracts two million recreation visitors a year. Picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing are all popular activities at the reservoir. Birdwatchers will enjoy the fall migration of shore birds, wading birds, and other waterfowl that flock to Douglas from late July to early October. The birds rest and feed in the muddy shoreline and areas of shallow water exposed as the level of the reservoir is lowered to prevent spring flooding downstream.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
Douglas Dam is on the French Broad River in east Tennessee. The reservoir extends 43 miles upriver from the dam through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Near Sevierville and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tenn. From Interstate 40 take exit 407. Go South on Hwy. 66, then 3.5 miles east on Hwy. 139, then 0.5 miles south on Hwy. 338 to campground.