Boone Lake

Boone Lake is a reservoir in Sullivan and Washington counties in northeastern Tennessee, formed by the impoundment of the South Fork Holston River behind Boone Dam.[1]

Boone Lake
LocationSullivan / Washington counties, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates36°26′25″N 082°26′18″W / 36.44028°N 82.43833°W / 36.44028; -82.43833Coordinates: 36°26′25″N 082°26′18″W / 36.44028°N 82.43833°W / 36.44028; -82.43833
Primary inflowsSouth Fork Holston River
Primary outflowsSouth Fork Holston River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area4,400 acres (18 km2)
Water volume75,829 acre⋅ft (0.093534 km3)

The dam and reservoir are maintained and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The lake has a surface area of about 4,400 acres (18 km2)[2] and a flood-storage capacity of 75,829 acre feet (93,534,000 m3). Water levels in the reservoir fluctuate over a range of about 20 feet (6 m) over the course of a year.[1]

Recreational facilities on the lake include a swimming area and a boat ramp. Water skiing and fishing are popular activities on the lake.[1] Fish species in the lake of interest to sport fishermen include black bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and striped bass.[3] There are precautionary fish consumption advisories for catfish and carp due to PCB and chlordane concentrations.[2][4] Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to consume these two species, and other persons are advised to limit their consumption to one meal per month.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Boone Reservoir information Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority
  2. ^ a b c Gregory M. Denton, Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, May 2007, pages 43-44
  3. ^ Sport Fishing Index Ratings Archived 2007-04-27 at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority website (accessed June 8, 2008)
  4. ^ Boone Reservoir Ecological Health Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Valley Authority website (accessed June 8, 2008)