Norris Lake is well-known for its opportunities for fishing, swimming, water skiing, and boating. Numerous marinas nestled between the East Tennessee ridges and the shoreline provide accommodations and the amenities needed for any water recreation. Fishing follows seasonal patterns and the deep waters of Norris produces excellent catches of rock fish, bass, walleye, and crappie. Boat launching is available at the local marinas and at public launching ramps provided by TVA.
Norris Dam was the first dam constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Construction began in 1933, providing the largest flood control storage of any TVA dam. The gates were closed in 1936 and the Norris Reservoir, fed by the Clinch and Powell Rivers, was completely filled in early 1937. With a total of eight hundred (800) miles of shoreline, the maximum width of the lake is 1.2 miles with a surface area of thirty four thousand two hundred (34,200) acres. The watershed area for the lake covers approximately three thousand (3,000) square miles.
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