Norris Lake


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Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 5/3/2015 2:44:00 AM

Norris Lake Hydro-Bike moon light cycling tours are available every month during the full moon cycle through September. No balance necessary and you will stay dry, they say. Cost is $39 plus tax. Future full-moon hydro-bike dates are June 1-3, June 30-July

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Park tourism created $54M for economy

Middlesboro Daily News

Date: 4/29/2015 1:12:00 PM

Claiborne County not only benefits from park visitors but also from the millions of tourism dollars generated by Norris Lake, Lincoln Memorial University, Woodlake Golf Club, and the Tazewell Raceway, just to name a few.” Judy Barton, president and chief

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Marinas repair and prepare for boat season


Date: 4/6/2015 4:41:00 PM

(WBIR) Marina owners and managers are still cleaning up the mess that mother nature left this winter, when collapsed boat docks and rooftops plagued marinas around Norris Lake. Now, as boating season approaches, they are hurrying to finish up those

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Sam Venable: Spring cleaning leads to fishing trip down memory lane

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 4/5/2015 5:14:00 PM

This took place in 1939 on Norris Lake. Burch and his wife, Vivian, had a cabin near present-day Hickory Star Dock. The new TVA reservoir teemed with trophy bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, plus walleyes. "Expert and neophyte alike flocked to this

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Clean-up nets 2.84 tons of trash

LaFollette Press

Date: 4/1/2015 12:53:00 PM

Campbell County Environmental Officer Glennis Monday figures the best way to combat litter on Norris Lake is by cleaning up its source. If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register

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• River: Clinch River
• Length: 809 Miles
• Surface Area: 34,200 Acres
• Volume: 2,040,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,912 Square Miles
• Length: 129 Miles
Norris Lake was created by the construction of Norris Dam in the mid-1930s. Norris Dam was the first major project for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been created in 1933 to bring economic development to the region and control the rampant flooding that had long plagued the Tennessee Valley. The dam was named in honor of Nebraska Senator George Norris (1861-1944), a longtime supporter of government-owned power in general, and supporter of TVA in particular. Norris Dam was completed and the gates closed on March 4, 1936, constructed at a cost of $36 million. The dam's first generator went online July 28, 1936.

The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 miles from its headwaters in Virginia through the rugged, sparsely-populated hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River near Kingston. Norris Dam is located at just over 79 miles upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, immediately downstream from the river's confluence with Cove Creek, which joins the river from the northwest. The reservoir includes parts of Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne, and Grainger counties. Norris Reservoir spans a 73-mile stretch of the Clinch from the dam to River Ridge at the Claiborne-Grainger county line. The reservoir also covers the lower 56 miles of the Powell River, which empties into the Clinch 10 miles upstream from Norris Dam.

Norris Freeway, a section of U.S. Highway 441 widened in the 1930s to aide in dam construction, crosses the top of Norris Dam and connects the area to Interstate 75 at Lake City, Tennessee to the west and Knoxville to the south. Along with the reservation maintained by TVA for the operation of Norris Dam, most of the lower Norris Reservoir is surrounded by conservation lands, including Norris Dam State Park adjacent to the reservation, the Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area across the lake to the north, and the Chuck Swan State Forest, which protects a large undeveloped area a few miles upstream.
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