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Douglas Dam, Dandridge

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Douglas Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the French Broad River in Sevier County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which built the dam in record time in the early 1940s to meet emergency energy demands at the height of World War II. Douglas Dam is a straight reinforced concrete gravity-type dam 1705 feet (520 m) long and 202 feet (62 m) high, impounding the 28420acre Douglas Lake. The dam was named for Douglas Bluff, a cliff overlooking the dam site prior to construction.Location and accessThe French Broad River winds its way westward from the Appalachian Mountains, gaining considerable strength after absorbing the Pigeon River and Nolichucky River near Newport before eventually joining with the Holston River at Knoxville to form the Tennessee River. Douglas Dam is located 32mi above the mouth of the French Broad. The area is a geological border between the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains (which rise to the south) and the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley range. The reservoir includes parts of Sevier, Jefferson, Hamblen, and Cocke counties.
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  • There are campgrounds nearby, but we went to see the dam. Little did we know there were lots of different birds there. My husband, an avid birder, always has his binoculars handy and we were pleased w...  more »
  • To see the dam you need to follow the signs to the tailwater area and power plant (you can't go in the power plant. There is a nice campground, great fishing on the river and a great view of the dam. ...  more »
  • We were out driving down Douglas Dam Rd and then we saw the sign for the Dam. I had never seen a dam before so my husband said let's stop. It wasn't our plan but I'm glad we did it. There is plenty of...  more »

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