Douglas Lake Is A Beautifully Clear Lake In Tennessee

There are plenty of beautiful lakes in Tennessee, 30 reservoirs, and a single natural lake, and folks love to get out on the water and enjoy the sunshine come the warmer seasons. Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Lake Guntersville are considered the “major” lakes of Tennessee, but the ever-beautiful Douglas Lake remains one of the Volunteer State’s hidden gems. There is nothing quite like a camping trip or staying in a cabin that boasts waterfront views, and this human-made lake is one of the best in Tennessee.

Interested in seeing an aerial view of this gorgeous lake? If so, check out this incredible YouTube video by Andrew Davidson:

What a beautiful place to visit! You can learn more about this gorgeous lake and all the fun you can experience in the area by visiting the Douglas Lake official website. Happy swimming, friends!

And if you’re searching for more outdoor fun, here’s an article with some of the best state parks in Tennessee featuring lots of adventure.

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Address: Douglas Lake, Tennessee, USA
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May 12, 2023

Are there alligators in Douglas Lake Tennessee?

Swimming is allowed at Douglas Lake, and while in the water, it is wise to be aware of what could dwell within. Recently, there have been several reports about alligators showing up in Tennessee lakes. In fact, a seven-foot alligator was spotted in the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. Though no alligators have been reported at Douglas Lake, it is not unlikely that there could be a gator sighting, especially with alligators moving into more Tennessee territories. In my opinion, the best way to be safe is to always be aware of your surroundings. If you’re searching for some great swimming holes to cool off, be sure to check out this article on the best swimming spots in Tennessee

What are the best Tennessee lakes for swimming?

One of my favorite Tennessee lakes for swimming is Percy Priest Lake. But there are many other lakes that also offer swimming as well as other water recreation. Here are some of the best Tennessee lakes for swimming:

  • Watauga Lake - Johnson, Carter Counties
  • Norris Lake - Great Appalachian Valley
  • Nickajack Lake - Marion, Hamilton Counties
  • Indian Boundary Lake - Monroe County
  • Dale Hollow Reservoir - Northern Tennessee
  • Chickamauga Lake - Southeast Tennessee
  • Fort Dickerson Quarry - Knox County
  • Old Hickory Lake - Sumner, Davidson Counties
  • Cherokee Lake - Jefferson County
  • Boone Lake - Sullivan, Washington Counties

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What are some of the waterfront campgrounds in Tennessee?

There is no shortage of waterfront campgrounds in Tennessee, and many are located inside our beautiful state parks. And here are some of the best ones that are worthy of a visit: 

  • Bledsoe Creek State Park, Gallatin
  • Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point
  • Standing Stone State Park, Hilham
  • Cove Lake State Park, Caryville
  • Rock Island State Park, Rock Island
  • Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville
  • Pickwick Landing State Park, Counce
  • Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown
  • David Crockett State Park, Lawrenceburg
  • Mousetail Landing State Park, Linden

Be sure to read this previous article about these
waterfront campgrounds in Tennessee.