Everyone is fascinated by water in some way or another. At times it helps us to relax and take it easy, at other times, it brings out our adventurous side.
Norris Lake flows into the Clinch River, which flows into Melton Hill Lake creating the Ultimate Waterway of East Tennessee and the ideal destination for all types of watersports.
The most popular watersport on Norris Lake and Melton Hill Lake is waterskiing. Norris Lake consists of 34,000 surface acres and wide channels which is why many choose to ski or wakeboard and do not feel crowded or overran by other skiers. The clean, crystal clear water is another reason skiers love it so much. Wakesurfing has also become very popular on Norris Lake. Wakesurfing is where you start out holding onto a rope on a wakeboard and eventually you can drop the rope and surf the wake made by the boat. If you are thinking of trying it for the first time, check out GRIdes at https://grides.net/ for rentals and more.
Paddling is another watersport that has gained popularity on Norris Lake and Melton Hill Lake. The calm, clear water creates the perfect environment for kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing. If you are looking to rent equipment, check out Adventure Outdoors on Melton Hill Lake or Appalachian Outdoor Center near Norris Lake.
Believe it or not, many scuba divers love to explore the depth of Norris Lake. Visibility is usually between 10 and 15 feet. Be sure to check out the two ghost forests in the Loyston Sea area where the maximum depth is 120 feet and the treetops can be reached at a depth of about 80 feet.
If you are not fond of swimming underwater, don’t worry, you can swim on top. There are several beach areas on Norris Lake including Anderson County Park or if you have a boat, you won’t have a hard time finding a secluded cove to hang out in.