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Here are the 33 lakes we have listed within USA > South > Tennessee - compared by Largest Lakes - Acres.

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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Kentucky Lake
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
160,309 Kentucky Lake Pictures Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi when measured by surface acres at "full pond," the normal water level: 184 miles long, 2 miles wide, 160,309 surface acres, and 2,380 miles of shoreline! The lake stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky into Tennessee. Kentucky ...
Lake Guntersville
(Alabama, USA / Tennessee, USA)
69,100 Lake Guntersville Pictures Also known as: Guntersville Lake, Guntersville Reservoir
Alabama's Mountain Region contains the state's largest lake: Lake Guntersville. Cradled in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama, Lake Guntersville is located between Bridgeport and Guntersville, stretching out over 75 miles into Tennessee (near Chattanooga) and occupying 69,000 acres. Truly ...
Lake Barkley
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
57,920 Lake Barkley Pictures Lake Barkley is one of the premier recreational destinations in Western Kentucky. The reservoir was created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 for flood control, hydroelectric power, and navigation; the Barkley Dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Lake Barkley offers visitors ...
Pickwick Lake
(Alabama, USA / Mississippi, USA / Tennessee, USA)
43,100 Pickwick Lake Pictures Also known as: Pickwick Reservoir
Pickwick Lake is a 43,100-acre reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with construction of Pickwick Landing Dam across the Tennessee River. Construction of Pickwick Lake reservoir took four years to complete, from 1934 to 1938. Pickwick Reservoir stretches out over 53 miles, from ...
Watts Bar Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
39,090 Watts Bar Lake Pictures Also known as: Watts Bar Reservoir
Midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Watts Bar Lake has been called "King of the Southern Great Lakes." Watts Bar Lake is an impoundment of the Tennessee River created by Watts Bar Dam. Construction on the dam started in 1939 and was finished in 1942 three weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl ...
Chickamauga Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
36,240 Chickamauga Lake Pictures Also known as: Chickamauga Reservoir
Chickamauga Lake is a fabulous outdoor recreation water body. It is located in southeast Tennessee some twenty miles from Chattanooga and provides over 810 miles of shoreline to enjoy. Originally developed for flood control and power generation, Chickamauga Lake is heavily used for recreational tourism. ...
Norris Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
33,840 Norris Lake Pictures Also known as: Norris Reservoir
Just 25 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, Norris Lake is the first reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Named for Senator George Norris, author of the legislation that created the TVA, Norris Lake is 129 miles long and surrounded by plenty of secluded coves to explore. Extending ...
Cherokee Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
28,780 Cherokee Lake Pictures Also known as: Cherokee Reservoir
Cherokee Lake: Artists stop at Clinch Mountain Overlook to paint it, and photographers to photograph it, and every year millions of people come from all over to enjoy its beautiful waters. Cherokee Lake is a fantastic place to boat, fish, and enjoy. With Pigeon Forge, Tennessee nearby, there is sure ...
Douglas Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
28,420 Also known as: Douglas Reservoir
Douglas Lake, also known as Douglas Reservoir, stretches out over more than 28,000 acres and 500 shoreline miles in eastern Tennessee. Douglas Lake is conveniently located near the intersections of Interstates 81 and 40, approximately 25 miles east of Knoxville. Nestled in the foothills of the Great ...
Dale Hollow Lake
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
27,700 Dale Hollow Lake Pictures Also known as: Dale Hollow Reservoir
Dale Hollow Lake, straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border, is an artificial lake that was formed by damming up the Obey and Cumberland Rivers. As with many other lakes in this region of the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took on the project in order to provide flood control for the ...
Old Hickory Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
22,500 Old Hickory Lake Pictures Only half an hour outside of Nashville, Old Hickory Lake offers outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors to the middle region of Tennessee each year. The massive man-made lake is located upstream from the city along the Cumberland River. A vital transportation link, the 22,500-acre ...
Center Hill Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
18,220 Center Hill Lake Pictures Also known as: Center Hill Reservoir
Center Hill Lake is almost completely surrounded by the beautiful hardwood forested hills of the Tennessee Eastern Highlands. Center Hill Lake has 18,000 acres of boating, fishing and water recreation with over 400 miles of shoreline. It is an outdoor recreation jewel with over 20 boat ramps and seven ...
Tellico Reservoir
(Tennessee, USA)
15,560 Tellico Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Tellico Lake
About 30 minutes south of Knoxville, nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Tellico Lake is the lake that almost wasn't. Extending 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, the lake has become an asset for commerce and recreation. Construction on Tellico Dam began in 1967, but Tellico Lake ...
Fort Loudoun Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
14,600 Fort Loudoun Lake Pictures Also known as: Fort Loudoun Reservoir
Named for a nearby 18th century British fort, Fort Loudoun Lake draws millions of visitors every year for fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Located at the headwaters of the Tennessee River, Fort Loudoun Lake extends 55 miles from Lenoir City to Knoxville. It is the first in a chain of nine reservoirs ...
J. Percy Priest Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
14,200 J. Percy Priest Lake Pictures Also known as: J. Percy Priest Reservoir
One of the most popular recreation sites in the Middle Tennessee region of J Percy Priest lake. Less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, the reservoir receives over seven million visitors a year who come to enjoy sightseeing, swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, water skiing, hunting, and camping. ...
Cordell Hull Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
11,960 Cordell Hull Lake Pictures Also known as: Cordell Hull Reservoir
One of the premier spots for water-based recreation in the Middle Tennessee region is Cordell Hull Lake. Built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Cordell Hull Dam across the Cumberland River created a lake covering nearly 12,000 acres. This impounded a large pool of water to provide ...
Tims Ford Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
10,700 Tims Ford Lake Pictures Also known as: Tims Ford Reservoir
Nestled in south central Tennessee between Tullahoma and Winchester, the clear, deep water of the Elk River meets the wooded sloped shores of Tims Ford Reservoir. The water creates inlets and coves popular with both anglers and boaters. Evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited for over ...
Reelfoot Lake
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
10,427 Reelfoot Lake Pictures Reelfoot Lake makes its home in northwestern Tennessee and extends into southern Kentucky. The lake is young: popular history says that after the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, water from the Mississippi River flowed into the newly-formed land, creating what we now call Reelfoot Lake. Today, at ...
Nickajack Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
10,370 Nickajack Lake Pictures Also known as: Nickajack Reservoir
Set against the spectacular scenery and steep walls of the Tennessee River Gorge, Nickajack Lake is the perfect place to relax on the water, fish, or explore the nature and wildlife of the Cumberland Mountains. Nickajack Lake is an impoundment of the Tennessee River and one of nine reservoirs on ...
South Holston Lake
(Tennessee, USA / Virginia, USA)
7,580 South Holston Lake Pictures Also known as: South Holston Reservoir
An impoundment of the South Fork Holston River, South Holston Lake is an exceptional place to fish and boat. Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state line, it's a great place to visit and "A Good Place to Live." Created by the South Holston Dam, South Holston Lake is a project of the Tennessee ...
Cheatham Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
7,450 Cheatham Lake Pictures Middle Tennessee is blessed with a wealth of recreational opportunities created by Cheatham Lake. The lake itself is more properly called a wide spot in the Cumberland River, created by the US Army Corps of Engineers with the building of the Cheatham Lock and Dam northeast of Nashville. Originally mandated ...
Watauga Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
6,430 Watauga Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Watauga
Watauga Lake exudes independence, solitude, and nature's bounty. If these traditional American values appeal to you, then you need to visit pristine Watauga Lake. Hidden among the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Tennessee, the reservoir - covering 6,430 acres - is little-known and lightly visited. ...
Melton Hill Reservoir
(Tennessee, USA)
5,470 Melton Hill Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Melton Hill Lake
Melton Hill Reservoir, also known as Melton Hill Lake, is an impoundment of the Clinch River. Located near Oak Ridge, TN, the reservoir extends 57 miles upstream from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Dam. With over 5,000 acres of water, there is plenty of room to explore, and anglers will find abundant fish ...
Boone Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
4,310 Boone Lake Pictures Also known as: Boone Reservoir
Boone Lake is one of a series of reservoirs lying among the hills in northeast Tennessee. Completed on March 16, 1953, Boone Lake was constructed, and is maintained, by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for flood control, water supply, recreation and production of hydropower. Spread across Sullivan ...
Woods Reservoir
(Tennessee, USA)
3,980 Located on Arnold Air Force Base between Nashville and Chattanooga in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Woods Reservoir is a fantastic place to fish. Its unique surroundings make it a great place to explore. In 1951 President Truman dedicated the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). Named in honor ...

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