Norris Lake


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Young Explorers Society prepares young Chattanoogans for lifelong love of outdoors

Times Free Press

Date: 10/31/2020 11:38:00 PM

Growing up, Mitch Groothuis' father used camping as a way to bring the family together by taking him and his two brothers on an annual trip to Norris Lake near Knoxville for a week every summer for 14

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University Of Tennessee Extension Hosts 5-Week "Move Around The Region" Fun And Fitness Challenge

Date: 10/21/2020 5:00:00 PM

Found Dead After Boat Crashes Into The Shoreline And Bursts Into Flames At Norris Lake Blaylock Takes Lead On Day 2 Of Bassmaster Elite Event On Chickamauga Lake All Outdoors Articles Vandals for

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Paul Musick, 51, Of Norris, Found Dead After Boat Crashes Into The Shoreline And Bursts Into Flames At Norris Lake

Date: 10/20/2020 5:00:00 PM

Paul Musick, 51, of Norris, Tennessee, died in a single vessel boating incident on Norris Lake just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. Based on evidence and the location of the victim’s body

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Body of Norris Lake boating accident victim recovered

Knox News

Date: 10/20/2020 1:47:00 AM

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency investigators recovered the body of a boating accident victim at Norris Lake Sunday night

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Victim identified in fatal Norris Lake boating accident

Knoxville WVLT-TV on

Date: 10/19/2020 12:28:32 PM

CAMPBELL Co. , Tenn. (WVLT) - The victim of a fatal boating accident on Norris Lake Saturday has been identified. Paul Musick, 51, of Norris, is the victim of a fatal boat crash on Norris Lake

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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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