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Description - More than two million outdoor enthusiasts visit Fort Loudoun Reservoir each year. The reservoir is known for its bass fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The wildlife viewing area is the best place to observe the seasonal bird population. Black-crowned night herons and osprey visit during the summer and late fall, and gulls migrate to the area in winter. Construction of Fort Loudoun Dam began in 1940 and was completed in 1943. Fort Loudoun provides 379 miles of shoreline and 14,600 acres of water surface. Fort Loudoun is connected by a short canal to Tellico Reservoir on the nearby Little Tennessee River. Water is diverted through the canal to Fort Loudoun for power production. The canal also offers commercial barges access to Tellico without the need for a lock. Barges passing through the Fort Loudoun lock carry half a million tons of cargo a year.

Attractions - Fort Loudon Reservoir has over fifteen boat ramps and seven marinas, four of which are certified clean marinas. Fort Loudoun Marina is the largest marina in Tennessee. Fort Loudoun Reservoir is primarily know for it's water activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming but also has an observatory and a wildlife viewing area.

Recreation - Outdoor enthusiests can enjoy boating, camping, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Fort Loudon Reservoir has over fifteen boat ramps and seven marinas, four of which are certified clean marinas. Fort Loudoun Marina is the largest marina in Tennessee. Fort Loudoun Reservoir is primarily know for it's water activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming but also has an observatory and a wildlife viewing area.

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.

Location - Fort Loudoun Reservoir, located on the Tennessee River at Knoxville. To get to the dam, go south on I-75, take exit 81, and go east on Highway 321.


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Little Tennessee Watershed Team, Suite 300, 804 Highway 321, North , Lenoir City, TN, 37771-6440, Phone: 865-988-2420

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