Fort Loudoun Lake

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Fort Loudoun Lake

Tennessee

(865) 988-2420

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Overview

Fort Loudoun Reservoir takes its name from the 18th-century British fort built on a nearby site during the French and Indian War. The fort was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander of British forces in North America at the time.

Fort Loudoun is a popular recreation destination, known for bass fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey, and bald eagles.

The reservoir is connected by a short canal to Tellico Reservoir on the nearby Little Tennessee River. Water is diverted through the canal to Fort Loudoun for power production. The canal also offers commercial barges access to Tellico without the need for a lock. Barges passing through the Fort Loudoun lock carry about half a million tons of cargo a year.

Map of Fort Loudoun Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.807874, -84.124862

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey and bald eagles.

  • Fishing

    Popular fish species in Fort Loudoun include white bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish.

  • Historic Sites

    The visitor center offers historical information.

Directions

Driving

Fort Loudoun Lake goes through the city of Knoxville and extends south to Lenoir City. To get to the dam, go south on I-75, take exit 81, and go east on Highway 321.

Phone Numbers

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(865) 988-2420

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