Douglas Lake Real Estate
Douglas Lake is one of many reservoirs created in East Tennessee in the 1940s by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The lake was formed by the construction of Douglas Dam on the French Broad River in 1942. Its primary purpose was to generate electricity for area residents, but over the years, the ensuing Douglas Lake became popular for its recreational opportunities.
The lake offers some 30,600 acres of surface area and 550 miles of shoreline. The waters are ideal for boating, water skiing, tubing, personal watercraft, fishing, swimming and more. It’s popular not only with local residents but with visitors coming in from out of town in search of a fun on-the-water experience.
Douglas Dam Park is located near the dam and offers access to both the dam’s headwaters (above the dam, where the lake is) and its tailwaters (below the dam). Onsite amenities include free boat ramps, restrooms, picnic areas and even a swimming area with a sandy beach. Both sections of the park have areas devoted to camping, including both RV hook-ups and tent camping spots.
As with any lakefront or lake view area, real estate prices are generally higher near Douglas Lake compared to other parts of the county, but the payoffs are great, with both lake and mountain views and easy access to seasons full of water recreation.