Douglas Lake Travel Guide: 8 Must-Do Activities for an Unforgettable Trip

Published May 19, 2024
Douglas Lake Travel Guide: 8 Must-Do Activities for an Unforgettable Trip

Explore Douglas Lake, where you can swim, boat, ski and relax on 30,000 acres of clean, calm water. With 550 miles of shoreline and just minutes from Pigeon Forge, Douglas Lake offers everything from secluded coves to lively waterside restaurants! Stay in a cabin near the lake and try these unmissable activities. 

1. Go Swimming

Pack your bathing suits! The entire lake is open for swimming. Almost all of the lake’s shoreline is public, so it’s easy to find a place to access the water. One popular swimming spot is the beach near Douglas Dam. 

2. Take a Boat Ride

Marinas dot the lakeshore, offering rentals and guided trips. Rent a pontoon boat by the half day or full day, and drive yourself, or hire a boat rental with a professional captain. 

3. Try Paddle Boarding

Rent a paddle board and skim over the water at your own pace. Paddleboard vendors often deliver boards to you, wherever you are on the lakeshore, making it easy to get started.

4. Rent a Kayak

Explore the lake in a kayak. Even newbies can manage these easy-to-paddle crafts. You’ll find rentals at Douglas Dam Headwater Campground.

5. Go Fishing

Douglas Lake boasts one of the best largemouth bass fisheries in the state. You can also catch bluegill, catfish, and crappie in these richly stocked waters. Whether you prefer fishing from a boat or from the shore, you’re sure to land the big one! 

6. Visit Douglas Dam

This 200-foot-high engineering marvel spans the French Broad River and creates Douglas Lake. Walk across the dam and take in expansive views–you might spot eagles swooping down to fish in the lake! Near the dam you’ll find a lighted picnic area, overlook, and walking trails.

7. Dine By the Water

Treat the family to steaks, fish and pizzas at Angelos’ at the Point. Be sure to sit on the large, lakeside patio! Venture into the town of Dandridge for craft beers and eats at Dandridge Brewing Co.

8. Relax at Your Douglas Lake Cabin

A cabin rental gives you access to all the outdoor activities you crave. When you’re ready to chill indoors, your cabin’s amenities are ready to entertain you. Catch up on your favorite TV shows. Soak in a soothing hot tub. Drink cold moonshine on the deck. Rejuvenate yourself! 

Take a look at our Douglas Lake cabin rentals where #LakeLife is waiting. Reserve your cabin today, and start packing your sunscreen!

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