This scenic lake truly lives up to it's Cherokee name. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains, Watauga Lake (sometimes referred to as Lake Watauga) is arguably the most scenic in the Tennessee River watershed. It offers access to the Appalachian Trail. Below Watauga Dam is a wildlife observation area where visitors have a chance to view unique species of waterfowl.
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Watauga Lake Tennessee is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains, Watauga Lake allows its visitors to enjoy the most stunning scenery of the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains of Northeastern Tennessee. The word "Watauga" is a Native American term meaning beautiful waters.
Watauga Lake is the third cleanest lake in the United States*. The Lake is located east of Elizabethton and southwest of Mountain City. Thirteen species of game fish including rainbow and brown trout, walleye, and smallmouth and largemouth bass inhabit the waters of the lake.
Private land and real estate on Lake Watauga is quite scarce.
The water temperature is very comfortable and makes for excellent Recreational Opportunities on the lake including: