Douglas Reservoir is located on the French Broad River in eastern Tennessee. Work on Douglas Dam began in February 1942 and was completed on a crash schedule in just 12 months and 17 days. The construction of Douglas set a world record for projects of equivalent size. The reservoir extends 43 miles upriver from the dam through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Douglas Reservoir provides 513 miles of shoreline and about 28,420 acres of water surface for recreation activities.
Douglas Reservoir is close to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and is easily accessible from Interstate 40. Douglas Reservoir is a popular recreation destination, known for picnicking, camping, boating, bird watching, and fishing.
A known destination for boating.
Douglas Dam Headwater Campground: This is a self-service campground. Sixty-five campsites, 61 with water and electric hookup and two handicapped-accessible sites. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables, swimming beach, boat ramp, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching.
Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground: Sixty-two campsites with water and electric hookup and two handicapped-accessible sites. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, children's play equipment, picnic tables and grills, group pavilion available by reservation, boat ramp, river fishing with fishing pier, bait and tackle shop, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching
Popular sport fish species in Douglas Reservoir include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and bluegill.
Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area features walking trails through 30 acres of mature hardwood forest, limestone sinkholes, spring wildflowers and vistas of the dam and tailwaters.
Work on Douglas Dam began in February 1942 and was completed on a crash schedule in just 12 months and 17 days. The construction of Douglas set a world record for projects of equivalent size.
Contact park for hunting rules and regulations.
Group Pavilion- Advanced reservations for the pavilion can be made.
This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, no lighting under the pavilion but there is lighting on the outside of pavilion, 10 tables that will seat 60 people and there is stadium seating outside the pavilion that will seat 200, one large covered charcoal grill and one large uncovered grill, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 300 feet), not near the beach area or boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.
Campsites with water and electric hookups, as well as a dump station, available.
Boating and fishing are popular water sports.
From Knoxville, go east on I-40 and take exit 417. Go south on Highway 92 two miles.