Wilson Lake


Lake Level
506.57 FEET
Full Pool: 507.9
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Decatur Daily

Date: 10/21/2017 10:01:00 PM

Fran Green, 71, and Helen Roan, 93, enjoy a stroll in Rhodes Ferry Park beside the Tennessee River on a crisp October morning. Both women are residents of Riverside Assisted Living, where they met, became friends and started walking together. The pair walk

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New technology allows researchers to safely use small birds to determine ecosystem's health

Times Free Press

Date: 10/21/2017 9:05:00 PM

State-of-the-art technology being used by Tennessee River Gorge Trust could give researchers much-needed data to study migratory patterns and determine the health of certain ecosystems. A nearly year-long study by the trust found a small species of bird

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Caution urged as caravan working along I-24 overnight


Date: 10/19/2017 7:27:00 PM

REIDLAND, KY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a caravan will be working along Interstate 24 overnight between Reidland Exit 16 and the Tennessee River Bridge. The work zone is at the 31 mile marker. Workers will be out from 10 p.m. Thursday

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Don't miss the boat on these fall color cruises through the Tennessee River Gorge

Times Free Press

Date: 10/18/2017 9:03:00 PM

A cruise through the Tennessee River Gorge offers a closer perspective on its geography and wildlife any time of the year. But in mid to late October, the view becomes spectacular as Mother Nature splashes surrounding mountains in autumn's hues. The

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Students release 1st lake sturgeons raised at Tennessee Aquarium’s science center


Date: 10/18/2017 10:29:00 AM

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute opened the new facility on the banks of the Tennessee River in October 2016. Students from Gap Creek Elementary School in Knoxville helped Tennessee Aquarium biologists release about 700 juvenile lake sturgeon

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 150 Miles
• Surface Area: 15,930 Acres
• Volume: 641,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 30,750 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 40 Feet
• Length: 16 Miles
An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Wilson Lake was formed by the creation of Wilson Dam, which separates Wilson Lake from its downstream neighbor, Pickwick Lake. Wilson Lake features healthy populations of numerous game fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie.

Visitors to Wilson Lake are able to enjoy the benefits of angling, recreational boating and the natural beauty of bordering wildlife refuges. All of these features attract numerous visitors to the lake. In addition, the fishery draws numerous fishing tournaments to these waters. Both local and national events are held on Wilson Lake on a regular basis.

Size and Depth - 15,930 acres with a maximum depth of 90 feet. The lake is approximately 18 miles long. Full pool elevation is 508 feet.

Water Source - An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Wilson Lake was formed by the creation of the Wilson Dam. In addition to the Tennessee River, several small feeder creeks, tributaries and rain runoff add additional inflows to the lake.

Shoreline - 154 miles of mostly developed shoreline are found around the lake. Occasional areas of rock bluffs and wooded regions are also present.

Bottom - Primarily a mixture of mud, silt, rock and sand. The main river channel is characterized by bedrock and mud. Backwater and tailrace areas contain silt, sand and muck.

Water - Wilson Lake is moderately fertile throughout. Visible clarity varies from 18 inches to 4 feet depending on current and recent rainfall.

Cover - Vegetation is sparse throughout the lake. The few areas that provide cover are marked mostly by emergent species such as water willow. Very little submergent vegetation exists.
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