Douglas Lake, Tennessee, United States
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Douglas Lake Information

About Douglas Lake

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Douglas Lake is encircled by rolling hills and scenic beauty. It’s both a short, 45-minute drive to Knoxville and a one-hour drive to the Smoky Mountain National Park, making it an ideal location for a vacation with variety. The lake boasts over 500 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 30,000 acres, you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out and soak up some sunshine.

Things to do in Douglas Lake

Stretching over 40-miles, Douglas Lake is a great place for some summer water activities. Bring your boat or rent one from Mountain Harbor Inn, Douglas Lake Marina, Mountain Cove Marina, or H2o Sports. You can also rent jet skis and other watercraft and equipment from these places if you aren’t bringing along your own. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are all options at this beautiful lake, so make sure to take advantage of all the activities you can while you’re here!

If you’re an avid fisher, you’ll love Douglas Lake. It is known as one of the top 10 lakes in the nation for Large Mouth Bass and top five in the nation for Crappie. The best times to go are in the spring and fall. Douglas Lake is fed by the French Broad River and Nolichucky River, so there’s a good chance you’ll also find White Bass, Sauger, Striped Bass, Red Horse, and many other varieties of fish.

If you’re looking for a few modern accommodations, head to the marinas and docks surrounding the lake. Indian Creek Boat Dock offers a restaurant and snack bar and is a popular fishing spot, while Gator Point Dock offers boat slips and grocery items. The best place to go to be social during your vacation is The Point Marina. This place offers all the amenities of a marina, as well as a full service restaurant, WiFi access, and is a great place to meet other visitors to the area.

Day Trips from Douglas Lake

If the kids have had enough nature time, head to Dollywood and give them a thrill. This theme park is just a 50-minute drive from the lake, and offers more than 40 rides, 15 live entertainment shows, and five of the largest festivals in the South. Check out the Festival of Nations in March or the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival at the end of May. In addition, Dollywood boasts Tennessee’s largest waterpark, Splash Country. The kids will hit the ground running and explore the 35 acres of award-winning waterslides and attractions. Stay overnight at their on-site resort, or just go for the day and head back to Douglas Lake.

Douglas Lake Accommodations

Looking for that perfect vacation rental that will fit the whole family comfortably? Or that one-bedroom cabin for a romantic getaway with a loved one? has all that and more. With over 1,000 pet-friendly rentals, more than 3,000 rentals with a hot tub, and nearly 7,500 vacation rentals in total to choose from, you’re sure to find the ideal place to call home during your stay in Douglas Lake.

Transportation in Douglas Lake

For those coming from out of state, fly into McGhee Tyson Airport. You may need a connecting flight from a larger airport, but that can easily be arranged through Nashville International Airport. From the airport, rent a car and make the 45-minute drive east to your accommodations at Douglas Lake. While on vacation, use a boat to glide around the lake or a rental car to get to and from day trip outings.

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Vacation Rentals in Douglas Lake

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Douglas Lake offers 566 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Douglas Lake start at an average price of $215 a night with long-term rentals averaging $23981 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 445 of Douglas Lake’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 142 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 494 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 126 pet-friendly rentals in Douglas Lake that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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