Watauga Lake


112Listings$15K-$1B$34.9MTotal Value
Watauga Lake, Tennessee

Also known by the name Watauga Reservoir, Watauga Lake real estate is considered a top twenty market for lake homes and lake lots in Tennessee.

There are typically 40 lake homes for sale on Watauga Lake at any given time. The lake will usually have 70 or so lake lots and land for sale.

Watauga Lake homes for sale have an average list price of $622,000, with many great homes at higher and lower prices. This lake is a mid-sized Tennessee lake, and has a shoreline of 104 miles.

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  • 104Mi. of Shoreline
  • 16Avg. Depth
  • 265Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    National Park (Most)
  • Dam Name
    Watauga Dam
  • Year Built
  • Managed By Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Water Drops
    10 ft
  • Ownership
  • Acreage
  • Public Boat Ramps
  • Water Level
    Seasonal Full Pool
  • Schedule
(423) 768-3440
200 Mallard Cove Rd
Butler, TN 37640
(423) 768-3760
947 Piercetown Rd
Butler, TN 37640
(423) 768-2336
191 Fish Springs Rd
Hampton, TN 37658
(423) 768-3164
105 Cowan Town Rd
Butler, TN 37640
Golf Courses
(423) 542-8051
185 Buck Van Huss Rd
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 434-6250
1709 Buffalo Rd
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 727-7931
300 Clubhouse Ln
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 768-0434
16335 Hwy 67
Butler, TN 37640
(423) 735-1500
Cherokee National Forest
Hampton, TN 37658
(423) 543-1702
246 Wilbur Dam Rd
37643, TN 37643
(423) 542-3533
744 Wilbur Dam Rd
Elizabethton, TN 37643
  • Counties: Carter County, Johnson County
  • Fish: Channel Catfish, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Walleye
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Notable events: 4th of July Boat Parade
  • Sailing clubs (Yes)
  • Interesting facts: Original town of Butler, TN now sits at the bottom of the lake
  • Known for: Third cleanest lake in the country
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed with restrictions. -- Must be navigable
  • Boating restrictions (Yes). -- Those less than 12 years old must have a supervisor on board who is at least 18 years old and able to take immediate control of the vessel. The supervisor, if born after January 1, 1989, also must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate issued by the TWRA. (See https://www.boat-ed.com/tennessee/boating_law.html)
  • Dock restrictions (Yes). -- Must obtain permit to construct or enhance (See https://www.tva.com/environment/shoreline-construction-permits)
(423) 542-1300
150 W Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
5501 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208
122 miles away
Elizabethtown Municipal
415 TN-91, Elizabethton, TN 37643
33 miles away
About Watauga Lake
Elizabethtown, Tennessee

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, Watauga Lake is located near Elizabethtown, Tennessee. Johnson City is under 45 miles away, and the Tennessee-North Carolina border is nearby.

The Tri-Cities Airport is under 55 miles away, and the Johnson County Community Hospital is under 25 miles away.

Residents can shop at the Pioneer Village Shopping Center or enjoy the numerous local restaurants, including Monsoon Thai & Exotic Foods and Watauga Lake Mercantile.

Large and in Charge

Covering 6,430 acres with almost 105 miles of shoreline, Watauga Lake stretches through Johnson and Carter County.

Watauga Lake has several public and private boat launches available. Aside from boating, you can do numerous water-based activities, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, and water skiing.

Anglers can enjoy catching an abundance of freshwater fish, including walleye, black crappie, and smallmouth bass.

Around the Lake

Watauga Lake has a public beach available to use, as well as multiple picnic and camping areas.

The Cherokee National Forest is nearby, with hiking, waterfalls, and trails to explore.

The Appalachian Trail also crosses Watauga Lake, offering the perfect opportunity for avid hikers to experience one of the best-known hiking trails.

The Watauga Lake Winery, a local stop on the High Country Wine Trail, offers a tasting experience of local wines, including some from the nearby Villa Nove Vineyards.

Stateline Drive-In offers the classic drive-in movie experience, showing family-friendly movies at reasonable prices.

Visit Johnson City

Johnson City is nestled in the foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains and has big-city amenities, small-town Southern charm, and world-class outdoor recreation.

If you're looking for more outdoor fun, the city has so many options to do so. Residents and tourists enjoy boating, caving, cycling, disc golfing, fishing, hiking, exploring numerous parks, walking trails, and visiting waterfalls.

For those traveling with children, the city has plenty of fun activities to interest them. Top attractions include Bright’s Zoo, The Gray Fossil Site, and Hands On! Discovery Center.

Of age residents and visitors can explore the nightlife scene and grab a drink at popular breweries, including Johnson City Brewing and Yee-Haw Brewing.

Other popular attractions are the International Storytelling Center, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Rocky Mount Living History Museum, and Appalachian GhostWalks.

Why Watauga?

Watauga Lake offers a plethora of on and off-the-water experiences and is a great place to enjoy the wonders of lake life.