What to Do on Watts Bar Lake

Marinas | Fishing | DiningLaunches

Watts Bar Lake offers so many recreational opportunities - world class fishing, skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, camping - or just relaxing in a quiet cove.  There are 39,000 acres of water to enjoy.  With an abundance of species such as bass, crappie, striper and more, fishing tournaments are held nearly every weekend March through October.  Camping is available lakeside at Caney Creek RV Resort and Riley Creek Campground.  There are restaurants where you can find live outdoor music most summer weekends, while there are several annual outdoor music events - Half Moon Music Festival in September and Gizmo Jam in May.  There are so many nice parks on the water's edge - Roane County Park (our largest) with swimming area, splash pad, 18-hole disc golf and numerous covered pavilions; Kingston City Park - home to Smokin' the Water, our annual 4th of July Festival, with the largest covered pavilion and picnic area; Harriman Riverfront Park -  home to the monthly Babahatchie Band concerts, along the Emory River; and more.  Our largest boat launch is Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood but we have several across the county that will accommodate fishing tournaments.  There are several outdoor rentals available - paddleboarding and outdoor gear through Emory River Outdoors in Kingston and pontoon boats through Blue Springs or Caney Creek Marina.  During the summer Paddelboard Knoxville sets up (weather permitting) at Kingston City Park; while Tennessee Paddleboard can usually be found in the Caney Creek area.


Blue Springs Marina

3952 River Road (Kingston Exit 352)
Ten Mile, TN 37880
By water: Blue Springs Cove at MM 547
on TN River

Full service marina located south of Kingston with 260+ open & covered slips.  Also available: gated entry, store, gas, dry storage up to 26', 30-ton boat lift & boat repairs, pontoon boat rentals, free boat launch, and bathrooms.  Home to the Crow's Nest Restaurant open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Full bar.

Caney Creek Marina

3745 Roane State Highway (Midtown Exit 350)
Harriman, TN  37748
By water: Caney Creek Cove at MM 562
on TN River

Full service marina centrally located between Harriman and Rockwood with 200+ open & covered slips.  Also available: phone & cable, gated entry, year-round water, bathhouse, pontoon & fishing boat rentals, dry storage, gas, and store.  Home to the Caney Creek Grille open during the summer Thursday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch & dinner + all-you-can-eat catfish on Thursday.  Live music most weekends.

A Fisherman's Paradise

Fishermen especially enjoy the solitude of Watts Bar Lake and the abundance of natural life.  Enjoy world class fishing that includes fishing many species including black bass (both small and large mouth), white bass, spotted bass, white and black-nose crappie, striper, rock fish, sunfish, catfish, and even sauger.  In fact, the world-record skipjack herring weighing four pounds was caught here in 2004. Fishing season is year round on Watts Bar Lake with the best fishing time usually beginning in early March and lasting through October. Fishing tournaments can be found about any weekend during this time.  There are numerous public boat ramps available throughout the county.  Kingston's 58 Landing Park and City Park are located in town but their largest is Ladd-Delaney Park at Ladd Landing.  Rockwood has the largest boat ramp in the county at Thomas A. Fuller Memorial Park, and Harriman offers a more central location at Caney Creek Access Area.  There are numerous smaller access areas throughout the county that are marked on the county maps available at the Roane County Visitor's Bureau, 1209 N. Kentucky Street, Kingston (right off of Exit 352), or view the digital map below.

Fishing Guide Services


Tennessee River Monsters

Captain Scott Manning
Only veteran owned guide service in TN!
Specializes in striper and catfish
(865) 680-7672

Big TN Adventures

Will Goodman & Mark Nawrock
Catfishing via Rod and Reel or Noodling
Fun for all ages!

Dining - Lakeside

There are a good variety of restaurants that can be enjoyed by boat, many provide weekend entertainment and specials.  
Caney Creek Grille
(Caney Creek Marina)
Hwy 70, Harriman
Crow's Nest
Blue Springs Marina
River Rd, Ten Mile
Casa Don Polo
Kingston Waterfront
Hwy 70, Kingston
Open on weekends for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Has a full bar & live music most weekends Open on weekends for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Has a full bar.  Karaoke & live music some weekends Lunch & dinner, full bar, and magnificent lake views.  Closed on Monday.  Live music many weekends year-round.

For a more refined lunch and dinner - and even some spa time - make reservations and take your boat to Whitestone Country Inn.  A 4-Diamond AAA B&B that is part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, sites on 600 acres and has views of the Smoky Mountains.  A dock is available to park your boat with a phone to call for a golf cart pickup.

Boat Launch Accesses


 River/MM  Mgmt  24 Hrs? Ramp Lanes Max
Tom Fuller Park
TN 553
n/a Pumphouse Rd, Rockwood
Ladd Park
/Centers Ferry
Clinch 4 Kingston  Y Concrete
3 n/a Kentucky St, Kingston
Caney Creek TN 562 TWRA   Y Concrete  2
26' Caney Creek Rd, Harriman
Kingston Steam Plant Clinch 3 TVA  10pm Concrete  2 n/a
 Swan Pond Cr, Harriman
Kingston City Park Clinch Kingston   Y
Concrete  2 26' Race St/Hwy 70, Kingston
Unamed Clinch Kingston  Y Concrete 2 n/a Kingston
58 Landing Clinch 1 Kingston  Y Concrete 2 26'  Kentucky St/Hwy 58, Kingston
Riley Creek   TN 570 TVA  Y Concrete 2 26' Anglers Cove Rd, Kingston

(north to south)


Emory River
Little Emory
Concrete 1
 All Webster Pike, Harriman
Sugar Tree
MM 1
unk Y
1 17'
Sugar Grove Valley, Harriman
Clinch River

Gravel Pit MM 1
Kingston Y
1 26' Race St/Hwy 70, Kingston
Tennessee River
Dogwood TN 577 TWRA  Y  Concrete 1 17' Dogwood Valley Rd, Kingston
Cave Creek TN 577 TWRA  Y Concrete 1 17' Dogwood Valley Rd, Kingston
Laurel Bluff TN 574
unk  Y  Gravel  1 17'  Broken Arrow Pt, Kingston
Johnson Creek TN 572 TWRA  Y Concrete
1 26' Paint Rock Ferry Rd, Kingston
Long Island MM 571 unk
Concrete 1 26' Paint Rock Ferry Rd, Kingston
Bell Cove
MM 569
17' Old James Ferry, Kingston
Marney's Cove
MM 569
unk Y
Marney Cove Rd, Kingston
Browns Chapel TN 561 TWRA  Y Gravel
1 17' Caney Creek Rd, Harriman
Shady Grove TN 557 unk Y
Concrete 1 26' River Rd/Hwy 304, Kingston
Rockwood Ferry TN 556 TWRA Y Dirt
1 17' Old Rockwood Landing, Rockwood
New Hope TN 553 unk Y Gravel 2
17' New Hope Rd, Rockwood
Winton Chapel
TN 551 TWRA Y Concrete 1 All
Winton Chapel Rd, Rockwood
Bayside TN 551 TVA Y Concrete  1 26'  River Rd/Hwy 304, Kingston
Blue Springs TN 557 TWRA Y Concrete 1 26'
River Rd/Hwy 304, Kingston
Hog Back Ridge
TN TWRA 24 hrs
Concrete 1 26' Winton Chapel Rd, Rockwood
Lakeside Resort
Private Y Concrete 1  26' Whites Creek Rd, Rockwood

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