Boone Lake

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Boone Lake


(423) 239-2000

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Surrounded by Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol, the 4,300-acre Boone Lake is in Sullivan and Washington Counties in northeast Tennessee. Named for the pioneer explorer Daniel Boone, Boone Dam is an impoundment on the South Fork of the Holston River. The lake was created in 1952 with the completion of the 1,640-foot long, 160-foot high Boone Dam. The dam was built and is managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. There are several privately owned commercial marinas or docks on the lake and a visitor reception building at the Boone Dam Reservation. Boone Lake provides fishing opportunities for white, striped, hybrid, smallmouth, and largemouth bass, as well as bluegill and crappie. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating, and water skiing in the lake.

Map of Boone Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.440381, -82.438200



  • Boating

    There are boat ramps at twelve sites around the lake. There are seven marinas.

  • Camping

    Lakeview Marina has campsites with water and electricity.

  • Fishing

    There are fishing docks at three sites around the lake: Boone Dam Reservation, the Highway 11 E Bridge Ramp, and Winged Deer Park.

  • Hiking

    There are trails at Bluff City Park and Winged Deer Park.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on some of the land around the lake. Check with individual parks for information on hunting regulations and seasons.

  • Picnicking

    The Boone Lake pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, eight tables that can seat a total of 50 people, and three charcoal grills. The pavilion is accessible. There are restrooms nearby (about 100 feet) and it is near the beach area.

  • RVing

    RVs can camp in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach at the Boone Dam Reservation. Water skiing is a popular activity on the lake.


In the summer, average temperatures range from the high 80s to the low 60s. Winter temperatures range from the mid-20s to the 50s.



Interstate 81 to Exit 59 Highway 36 South to Highway 75 junction at Tri- Cities Airport Exit; turn left. Go approximately 1 mile, cross the Holston River and take the Reservoir exit it to your right.

Phone Numbers


(423) 239-2000