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Watauga Lake, the third-cleanest lake in America, beckons water enthusiasts to Tennessee, just 45 minutes from Boone. Once there, you can enjoy a powerboat ride, picnic or just spend a few relaxing hours by water's edge.
In an area known for whitewater rafting, Watauga Lake allows visitors to slow down and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Cherokee National Forest and Appalachian Mountains of Northeastern Tennessee. Created in 1942 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, Watauga Lake is located east of Elizabethton and southwest of Mountain City.
There, visitors can canoe, swim, fish or ride a sailboat. Not all lake activities are slow-paced, though. You can also water ski or skim the waves in a Jet Ski.
Come to Lakeshore Resort & Marina for all your aquatic needs. Rent ski boats, pontoons and ski equipment for a reasonable price, then head out on the water for a fun-filled day. We invite you to view our website and visit us for an enjoyable day on the lake.
Carter County / Johnson County
Watauga River, Elk River Basin
265 ft (81 m)
104.9 mi (169 km)
16.2 mi (26 km)
1,959 ft (597 m)