Our 'Floating Holiday' is about 17 miles east of I-75. Take Exit 134 to LaFollette. Turn right on Cumberland Ave (#10 traffic light) and then follow the signs to Springs Dock Resort.
About Norris Lake
Nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee, Norris Lake is only 20 miles north of Knoxville and one hour from Gatlinburg.
This beautiful lake, the first created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1933, is one of the cleanest in the US. Its clear blue water stretches 129 miles long from point to point with over 800 miles of shoreline and 34,000 acres of water. Surrounded by untouched forests, lush green fields, pastures and wildlife management areas, Norris Lake is a scenic wonderland.
The shoreline includes over 50 miles of islands, hundreds of secluded coves, caves, cliffs, picnic areas, beaches and gradual sloping shorelines. There are 3 state parks, two wildlife management areas and 59 public access sites as well as activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping and golfing. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted in the area, including deer, turkey, great blue herons and eagles.
Water activities offered include swimming, scuba diving, boating, jet skiing, tubing, paddle boating and much more.
Norris Lake has over 56 species of fish and is well known for its striper fishing. With its clear deep water, the lake has no shortage of fish including walleye, catfish, crappie, blue gill and several types of bass.
The best time to fish Norris Lake:
Largemouth Bass - May and June. (Use light tackle and fish deep)
Smallmouth Bass - January and February, April and May (Use live bait and fish off points)
Striped Bass (rockfish) - April and May. (Also in the summer by using live bait and fishing in open water)
Bluegill (bream)- Spring through fall.
Catfish - Spring through summer.
Crappie - Late April through May (Fish near fish attractors)
Walleye - Nightime in the summer (Trolling the lake). February and March (Fish in the headwaters)
For information about lake levels and water release schedules, call the toll-free TVA Lake Info line at 800-238-2264.
Norris Lake is referred to as Lake 17.