Aerial Overview – Miles of Lakefront

Welcome to Grande Vista Bay on Watts Bar Lake in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley in Roane, Meigs, Rhea and Loudon counties. This reservoir covers 39,000 acres and has over 780 miles of shoreline. Watts Bar Dam was built in 1942 by TVA for flood control and power supply as well as recreation. If outdoors is your thing, then Watts Bar Lake has got what you need – year round.

Watts Bar is also a favorite of those who love sailing.

Fishermen can cast a line in the wide open flats or the narrow winding river channels and expect to see jumbo crappie, lunker, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trophy stripers and a wide array of freshwater fish. The very best fishing is said to be between April 15 and November 1 when the lake is at the summer pool level of 741 feet above sea level.

During the winter months, the level usually drops about six feet. The limited draw down during the winter months is far less than other TVA lakes to the North and East.

Another plus for the water orientated families is access to the Gulf of Mexico by boat for those who wish to “cruise on down”.

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