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Norris Lake, TN

Lake Size: 33,840 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 809 Miles
Deepest Depth: 196 ft
Latitude: 36.224200
Longitude: -84.091300
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 856 ft (261 m)
Counties: Anderson County
Cities: Knoxville
Lake Management: Tennessee Valley Authority

Information: Norris is a popular tourist and recreation destination, and in summer 2005 TVA opened a new visitor center at the dam. Visitors can learn about the history of Norris, hydropower operations, and TVA's management of the river system. The facility, located at the top of the dam, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It's staffed by TVA retiree volunteers. In the 1930s, TVA established demonstration public parks at several locations on Norris Reservoir, including Cove Lake, Big Ridge, and the area around Norris Dam. These parks later became the nucleus of Tennessee's state park system. Norris features three hiking trails. The River Bluff Trail is the longest at 3.1 miles and offers rich pockets of wildflowers. The Edge Path is a shady corridor with wheelchair access. The Songbird Trail is, as the name suggests, a popular area for birding. Water sports at Norris include boating, water skiing, swimming, and excellent fishing. The Tennessee state record brown trout was caught in the waters of the Clinch River below Norris Dam. The area around the Clinch River receives more than 45 inches of rain a year. In the past, floodwaters on the Clinch sometimes inundated areas hundreds of miles downstream. Norris Reservoir is an important component of the system TVA set up to reduce the risks of these disasters.
  
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Water sports at Norris include boating, water skiing, swimming, and excellent fishing. The Tennessee state record brown trout was caught in the waters of the Clinch River below Norris Dam.
With its clear deep water, it produces excellent catches of rock fish, walleye, and bass, as well as the usual species found in other area lakes. June through September night fishing for small mouth bass, croppie, white bass and walleye is a popular activity. Two small wild areas on Norris Lake provide visitors with a mini wilderness experience. River bluff features spring and summer wildflowers and a three mile hiking trail. Hemlock bluff presents spectacular views across Norris Lake from high tree covered bluffs. Museums, scenic hiking trails, and a trail for the handicapped compliment the fine trout fishing and canoeing below the dam. A picturesque 18th century grist mill excite the imaginations of artists and historic buffs alike.
Address: Tennessee Valley Authority Watts Bar-Clinch Watershed Team 260 Interchange Park Drive, LCB 1A-LCT Lenoir City,TN,37772-5664 Phone: 865-632-1320 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Directions: From Knoxville, go north on I-75, take exit 122, and go east on Highway 61 two miles. Turn left on Highway 441 and go north 4 miles.
 



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