Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the Ultimate Waterway, an oasis of blue clear water tucked amidst the majestic East Tennessee mountains. Comprising Norris Lake, Clinch River, and Melton Hill Lake, this recreation paradise offers a multitude of adventures for outdoor enthusiasts, anglers, and water lovers.
Norris Lake: With its sprawling 800 miles of shoreline and a vast expanse covering over 34,000 surface acres, Norris Lake stands as the crown jewel of the Ultimate Waterway. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters, it's an ideal destination for boating, skiing, fishing, paddling, and swimming. In fact, it's considered the cleanest lake in the Tennessee Valley Authority system. Along its picturesque shorelines, camping, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities abound, promising unforgettable outdoor adventures.
Clinch River: Flowing from the tailwaters of Norris Lake, the Clinch River is a renowned trout haven and one of the United States' premier trout fisheries. It proudly holds the honor of being the place where the Tennessee state record brown trout was reeled in. Beyond fishing, the Clinch is a hotspot for kayaking and canoeing, offering a serene escape amidst stunning natural beauty.
Melton Hill Lake: With 173 miles of shoreline and tranquil flatwater, Melton Hill Lake is a paddler's paradise. This lake boasts a reputation as one of the nation's best rowing courses, frequently hosting collegiate and national rowing competitions. Anglers take note: Melton Hill's waters are home to impressive catches, including the state record musky weighing a whopping 43 pounds.
Now, let's dive into the adventure options:
BOATING: The backdrop of East Tennessee's majestic mountains sets the stage for unforgettable boating experiences. Whether you're into adventurous water sports or simply seeking a relaxing day on the water, our Ultimate Waterway has it all. Test your skills with wake surfing on Norris Lake, cast your line at Melton Hill, or drift along the Clinch while soaking in the breathtaking scenery. Each waterway offers its own unique charm, making it the perfect boating retreat. Remember to prioritize safety and adhere to Tennessee's boating laws.Majestic East Tennessee mountains offer the perfect backdrop for boating on the Ultimate Waterway! Whether you seek adventurous water-sports or wish to float the day away, we've got you covered. Try your hand at wake surfing on Norris Lake, wet your line at Melton Hill or float down the Clinch and take in the beautiful scenery. Each waterway offers unique fun, beauty and the perfect boating retreat. Stay safe and be sure to follow all of the Tennessee boating laws.
BOATING: The backdrop of East Tennessee's majestic mountains sets the stage for unforgettable boating experiences. Whether you're into adventurous water sports or simply seeking a relaxing day on the water, our Ultimate Waterway has it all. Test your skills with wake surfing on Norris Lake, cast your line at Melton Hill, or drift along the Clinch while soaking in the breathtaking scenery. Each waterway offers its own unique charm, making it the perfect boating retreat. Remember to prioritize safety and adhere to Tennessee's boating laws.
PADDLING: For paddling enthusiasts, our Ultimate Waterway beckons with a wealth of adventures. Norris Lake boasts hundreds of private coves perfect for exploration by canoe or kayak. The Clinch River features Class I and II waterways, suitable for both beginners and those seeking a tranquil paddle. Meanwhile, Melton Hill Lake stretches out with miles of calm, flatwater, catering to all types of paddling sports. With numerous public launch sites, accessing these waters with your kayak, canoe, or paddle-board is a breeze. Whichever waterway you choose for your paddling adventure, you'll be surrounded by the natural beauty of East Tennessee.
FISHING: Whether you're angling for trout, bass, or muskie, the Ultimate Waterway guarantees an exceptional catch. The Clinch River, famed for its brown and rainbow trout, draws anglers from far and wide. Stretching 13 miles from Norris Dam, it offers plenty of opportunities for wading or fishing by boat. Norris Lake is renowned for its bass fishing, while Melton Hill Lake is a muskie haven. With over 14 species to target across both lakes, there's no shortage of fishing thrills. If you're new to these waters, consider enlisting the expertise of a local fishing guide. Fishing is a year-round delight in Anderson County, so make sure your tackle box is ready for action.
MARINAS AND RENTALS: You don't need to be a boat owner to enjoy the Ultimate Waterway experience. Boat and jet ski rentals are readily available at both Sequoyah and Stardust Marinas on Norris Lake. Additionally, you can rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and more at various locations across Norris Lake, the Clinch River, and Melton Hill Lake. For more information, check out Adventure Outdoors and Norris Paddling. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals and soak in the spectacular views at Norris Lake marinas. Plan your visit to Sequoyah Marina on Friday nights for their famous wing night or Stardust Marina on Saturday nights for Sundown Saturdays, featuring live music.
The Ultimate Waterway beckons with boundless adventure and unforgettable experiences. So, gear up and get ready to explore the pristine waters and stunning landscapes of Anderson County, Tennessee!