Nautica Cove on Lake Watauga in Northeastern Tennessee
Lake Watauga in the Cherokee National Forest in scenic Northeastern Tennessee

This scenic lake truly lives up to it's Cherokee name

Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains, Watauga Reservoir 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.


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:
  • Power Boating
  • Water-ski
  • Wakeboard
  • Jet Skis
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife Viewing.

  • Come visit Watauga Lake Tennessee and see all of the wonderful things it has to offer its visitors!

    *Watauga Lake is the third cleanest lake in the US according to the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority)