Mountains…rustic cabins…apple butter…woods and wildlife. These are things that people associate with life in our part of the state. People often come to East Tennessee for the mountains, with their fabulous views and abundant wildlife. Locals know there’s more to outdoor recreation around here than hiking and camping, though; we have great boating and water sports, too! Douglas and Cherokee Lakes offer miles of public and private shoreline, beaches, shallow coves and deep main channels. Here’s a quick look at some of the fun our lakes have to offer:
You don’t have to live in a coastal town to be a sailor! The sparkling waters and lush summer breezes of our lakes are a siren call for land-locked water-lovers. Since the 1970s, The Cherokee Lake Sailing Club, located at Black Oak Marina in Jefferson City, Tennessee, has been hosting races, beach parties and other sailing community events. Sailing is an excellent way to get involved in a fun, passionate community and get out on the water at the same time.
To learn more about the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club, click here.
Lakes Cherokee, Douglas, and even Norris slightly further north are frequent destinations for professional bass fishing tournaments. Anglers pull their boats from all over the Southeast USA for a chance to reel in the biggest fish, or the most combined weight. It takes a tremendous amount of skill, figuring out which coves to go for and which bait will entice the fish the most.
The Hamblen County Dock, at Cherokee Park in Morristown, is the launching point for many of these highly competitive events.
Please visit Fishing League Worldwide at www.flwfishing.com for more information about fishing tournaments in East Tennessee.
If an adrenaline rush is more to your water-recreational style, you’ll be happy to know that water skiing and boarding are popular in the area, too.
(Check out this quick reference article about skiing in East Tennessee!)
Many marinas offer boat, jet ski and water ski rentals. H2O Sports in Dandridge (smokymountainh2osports.com), Black Oak Marina in Jefferson City (blackoakmarina.com) and Lakeside Marina in Bean Station (www.cherokee-lake.org/lakeside-marina) are worth a look if you’re on the search for a rental.
The great thing about lake life in East Tennessee is that it’s very affordable. For listings and information about land and homes on one of our beautiful lakes, please visit www.darlenereeves-kline.com.