Cherokee Lake is 59 miles long, covers 30,300 acres at full pool, and has 463 miles of shoreline attracting over 2.5 million visitors annually. Cherokee Lake is shared by Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson and Grainger Counties. The three (3) major towns surrounding Cherokee Lake are Morristown, Rogersville, and Jefferson City.
Cherokee Lake is one of the oldest of the TVA reservoirs. Construction on Cherokee Reservoir Dam was begun August 1, 1940 and was completed December 5, 1941. The dam is 175 feet high with a lengh totalling 6,760 feet.
Cherokee Lake is known for its Catfish, Crappie, Striped Bass, Black Bass, Walleye, Sauger, Sunfish and White Bass. Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass are not stocked in Cherokee Lake because of their great abundancy. Of all the TVA lakes tested, Cherokee Lake has the highest score for large mouth bass.
The TVA provides a variety of recreational faculties at Cherokee Dam including a day use area with a swimming beach, picnic area and a year round boat launch ramp. The campground is open from April to September. There are no hookups for RV's but hot showers are available.