• Jacksboro, TN, 37757
  • United States


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Norris Lake was created by the Norris Dam, which was the first project taken on by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of the New Deal. Construction began in 1933 and the project was finished in March 1936. The dam cost about $36,000,000 to build. The dam is 265 feet high and expands 1,860 feet across the Clinch River. Construction of the dam also created the nearby town of Norris which was created to house the workers and their families.[2]

Norris Lake flows 73 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell River from Norris Dam. It has a flood storage capacity of 1,113,000 acre-feet and has 809 miles of shoreline and 33,840 acres of water surface with a maximum width of 1.2 miles and a maximum depth of 210 feet, which makes it the largest lake on a tributary of the Tennessee River and as of 2011 has an ecological health rating of fair.[3][4][5] The TVA has also put a clean water initiative into place to keep the lake clean and litter free and the program is monitored by the Regional Watershed Office.

The lake has an average temperature of 55.1 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring, 72.2 degrees in the summer, 56.4 degrees in the fall, and 36 degrees in the winter.[6] It receives an average rainfall of 4.6 inches per month in a year. The lake is about 1,000 feet above sea level depending on the fluctuation of the depth of the lake at any given time with an average inflow of about 1,500 to 2,500 feet above sea level and an average outflow of about 1,000 to 1,500 feet above sea level. It also has an average water fluctuation of about 46 feet.[3]

Norris Lake lies within the Great Valley of East Tennessee and the land covers about 240,000 acres on top of the 33,840 acres the reservoir covers. The main rocks of the land are limestone and sandstone and due to the shifting of the area, they are in many of the rock formations that are cut out in the hills. The climate of the area is temperate and continental.[7]


Most nutrients for the fish that inhabit the lake come from the Clinch and Powell rivers because the lake has difficulty creating its own and is a major reason that the fish population in Norris lake is not as abundant as other lakes in the area such as Boone Lake. The lake also has advisories against the consumption of the fish because of the mercury levels in the lake. Norris lake's main fish species are the Black Bass, the Striped Bass which has a population of 104,228, Crappie which has a population of 102,039, Walleye which has a population of 240,267, and Sunfish.[8]