Cherokee Lake

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Cherokee Lake

Tennessee

(865) 632-3791

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Overview

Cherokee Dam is on the Holston River in east Tennessee, 52 miles upstream from the point at which the Holston and French Broad Rivers converge to form the Tennessee River. Cherokee Reservoir is named for the tribe of American Indians who once inhabited the area. The great American Indian warpath, once followed by Daniel Boone, crossed the basin now filled by the reservoir.

Cherokee Reservoir is a popular recreation destination. Along its shoreline are public access areas, county and municipal parks, commercial boat docks and resorts, a state park, and a state wildlife management area. There are many tent and trailer sites for campers. Fishing is popular at Cherokee. The reservoir's fish population is very similar to that found in other east Tennessee reservoirs -- black bass, sauger, walleye, crappie, various sunfish, and the usual rough-fish species.

Cherokee was built to generate hydroelectric power during the World War II emergency, but it also plays an important role as one of the chain of Tennessee Valley Authority-managed reservoirs that have prevented billions of dollars in flood damage over the years.

Map of Cherokee Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.207438, -83.410606

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are boat ramps above and below the dam at the Cherokee Dam Campground.

  • Camping

    The Cherokee Dam Campground is a self-service campground. There are 42 campsites with water and electrical hookups. The campground also has restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, a dump station, and children's play equipment.

  • Fishing

    Cherokee Dam Campground has opportunities for lake and river fishing. Fishing is popular at Cherokee. The reservoir's fish population is very similar to that found in other east Tennessee reservoirs -- black bass, sauger, walleye, crappie, various sunfish, and the usual rough-fish species.

  • Hiking

    There is a paved walking trail at the Cherokee Dam Campground.

  • Hunting

    Hunting may be allowed on some of the land around the lake. Check with individual land agencies for information on hunting regulations.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic tables and grills, as well as a group pavilion available by reservation at the Cherokee Dam Campground.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the Cherokee Dam Campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach at the Cherokee Dam Campground.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer temperatures range, on average, from the high 80s to the low 60s. Winter averages range from 26 F to 50 F.

Directions

Driving

From Knoxville, go east on I-40 then north on I-81. Take exit 8 on I-81 and go north on Highway 25E 9 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(865) 632-3791

Campground reservations

(800) 882-5263

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