Lakes and Rivers Create Liquid Assets Outside Kingston, TN
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Roane County is blessed with more lake miles than any other area in east Tennessee and enjoys 738 shoreline miles on beautiful Watts Bar Lake. Watersports are very popular here – knee boarding, wake boarding, tubing and jet skiing. Boating is nearly a year-round activity with the mild temperatures in east Tennessee, and you can always find a houseboat or cruiser tied up in a quiet cove to spend a relaxing weekend surrounded by water. One of the South’s largest lakes, Watts Bar Lake, covers 39,000 acres. Its principal tributaries – the Clinch River, Tennessee River and Emory River – all run through Roane County. Easy access to so many bodies of water makes Roane County a scenic place to live, and it also provides an exciting quality of life that draws newcomers from around the world. Roane County is known around the nation for its world-class bass, crappie, catfish and striper fishing, and it’s home to many bass fishing tournaments and events where the water takes center stage. Smokin’ the Water is Kingston’s annual Fourth of July festival, which includes a spectacular fireworks show over Watts Bar Lake along with drag boat races, raft races, live music and plenty of food. The Half Moon Music Festival at Blue Springs Marina in Ten Mile is also held in July. Camping is another favorite activity, and you’ll find several campgrounds along the water, including the upscale Caney Creek RV Resort. There are also numerous islands and remote locations where you can arrive by boat, pitch a tent and enjoy a starry night on the edge of the water. For those who just can’t get enough of the water, several high-end, multimillion-dollar residential developments allow residents to live right on its edge. Ladd Landing is an 800-acre waterfront development with condominiums and single-family homes in Kingston, while Grande Vista Bay is a gated community with more than 500 luxury residential units along 10 miles of lakefront. With mostly mild temperatures in the county during the winter, the acres and acres of water – a huge tourism draw that pumps millions into the economy each year – offer year-round beauty and activity.