The Ultimate Waterway

Norris Lake - the Clinch River - Melton Hill Lake

Norris Lake, the Clinch River and Melton Hill Lake are the three bodies of water that make up the Ultimate Waterway. Norris Lake is 800 miles of shoreline and covers over 34,000 surface acres.  It is ideal for boating, skiing, fishing, paddling and swimming since it is considered the cleanest lake in the Tennessee Valley Authority system.  The surrounding shorelines are perfect for camping, hiking and mountain biking.

The Clinch River is the tail waters of Norris Lake and is considered one of the premier trout fisheries in the United States.  It is the body of water where the Tennessee state record brown trout was caught.  The Clinch is also popular for kayaking and canoeing.

Melton Hill Lake’s 173 miles of shoreline and its flatwater make it popular for paddling.  It is considered one of the best rowing courses in America and hosts many collegiate and national rowing competitions.  The fish are quite impressive too considering the state record musky, weighing in at 43 pounds, was caught on Melton Hill.

pontoon on melton hill lake


Majestic East Tennessee mountains offer the perfect backdrop for boating on the Ultimate Waterway!  Whether you seek adventurous water-sports or wish to float the day away, we’ve got you covered. Try your hand at wake surfing on Norris Lake, wet your line at Melton Hill or float down the Clinch and take in the beautiful scenery. Each waterway offers unique fun, beauty and the perfect boating retreat.  Stay safe and be sure to follow all of the Tennessee boating laws.



Paddling adventures await on the Ultimate Waterway!  Norris Lake is home to hundreds of private coves, perfect for exploring by canoe or kayak.  Class I and II waterways of the Clinch River make it perfect for beginner paddlers and those looking for a relaxing day.  Melton Hill Lake offers miles of calm, flat water making it the ideal place for  all types of paddling sports. With an abundance of public launch sites, you will have no trouble finding an easy access point for your kayak, canoe or paddle-board. Regardless of where you choose your paddling adventure, you will be surrounded by East Tennessee beauty and an adventure to remember!

Shadnasty Fishing Charters - fishing guide service for Clinch River


Whether you’re looking to catch trout, bass or muskie, the Ultimate Waterway will deliver! The Clinch River, known for brown and rainbow trout, attracts fishermen from around the globe. The tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, so there is plenty of area to wade or fish by boat.  While Norris Lake is widely known for bass fishing and Melton Hill Lake is known for muskie, you will find over 14 variety of species on both lakes.  If you’re new to fishing any of these waterways, we highly recommend using a fishing guide.  Fishing is popular all year round in Anderson County,  just make sure you have your fishing license.

Stardust Marina

Marinas and Rentals

You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the Ultimate Waterway! Boat and jet ski rentals are available on Norris Lake at both Sequoyah and Stardust Marinas. Kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle boards and more are available to rent on Norris Lake, the Clinch River and Melton Hill Lake. Check out Adventure Outdoors and Norris Paddling for more information. Norris Lake marinas are also a great place to enjoy a delicious meal and take in the spectacular view. Be sure to visit Sequoyah Marina on Friday nights for their famous wing night and Stardust Marina on Saturday nights for Sundown Saturday’s featuring live music.

Check out these Attractions on the Ultimate Waterway

3 Rivers Angler

3 Rivers Angler offers guided fishing trips with experienced guides that will take you on a trip of a lifetime fishing the Clinch River for brown and ...

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Adventures Outdoors

Adventures Outdoors offers kayak, stand up paddleboard, paddle boat, canoe and bike rentals. They are located in Oak Ridge on beautiful Melton Hill La...

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Anderson County Park

Full RV hookups, open March 1st through November 30th, handicap accessible bath houses, children’s playground, boat launch exclusively for campers, ...

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Cabin on the Creek

This four bedroom cabin offers solitude on 7 acres only 2 miles from the interstate & surrounded by many area attractions. With all modern conveni...

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Centennial Golf Course

For years, golfers have enjoyed playing Centennial Golf Course, Anderson County`s premier public golf course. Since opening in 1997, the 6,633 yard co...

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Clinch River

The Clinch River is nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, the Clinch tailwater is 13 miles in length and flows from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80...

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