Watauga Lake marinas, six in total, sit primarily on the western half of the lake.
- Cove Ridge
- Fish Springs
- Lakeshore Resort
- Mallard Cove
- Pioneer Landing
Watauga Lake marinas offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The impounded water flow below the dam allows for whitewater rafting and kayaking. This area has a reputation for houseboats and even holds an annual boat parade each July 4th. The southern shore consists of national recreational areas for picnicking, camping and offers the only public beach. Those looking to fish will find the reservoir stocked full of Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye.
The boating variety is what makes the Watauga Lake marinas a key vacation spot. There is no horsepower or speed limit, so most boats are suitable. Those looking for a relaxing day of sun and swimming might consider a pontoon. Adventurists who want more speed can enjoy a sports boat with a little more bite.
Carefree Boat Club
If you are considering buying or renting a boat from a Watauga Lake marina, you may want to consider the Carefree Boat Club. Joining the club is like owning a boat without all the hassle of maintenance, cleaning, storage, etc. You also get the added benefit of reciprocation with the clubs on Boone and South Holston lakes. For a flat monthly fee you get unlimited usage of new pontoon and sport boats on any of the local lakes.
Contact Carefree Boat Club and find out all about the services they offer those visiting Watauga Lake. Carefree Boat Club on Watauga Lake operates out of Lakeshore Marina.
About Watauga Lake
The Watauga Dam anchors the reservoir at the western point. The dam is a hydroelectric facility that extends 925 feet across the river and rises 332 feet above it. The lake itself is 16.3 miles long with a little more than half of the 104.9 miles of shoreline undeveloped. At full pool, the lake reaches 1,959 feet above sea level.