“Watauga” is a Native American term meaning “beautiful waters”
Watauga Reservoir created in 1948
Max. Length 16.3 Miles
Max. Depth 265 Feet
Shore Length 104.9 Miles
Surface Elevation 1,959 Feet
Watauga Lake, located east of Elizabethton, Tennessee, is the local name of the Watauga Reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with the 1948 completion of the TVA Watauga Dam.
The Cherokee National Forest surrounds both the Tennessee Valley Authority Watauga Reservoir and Wilbur Reservoir in an area of northeast Tennessee that TVA describes as being located "...in some of the most beautiful country in the Tennessee River watershed."