|Melton Hill Lake is surrounded by Anderson, Knox, Roane and Loudon counties in East Tennessee. It covers 5,690 acres, 173 miles of shoreline and runs 57 miles in length from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Lake Dam. Melton Hill was TVA's 21st river control project. It serves the purpose of producing electric power, navigation, recreation and maintaining an adequate supply of water.
Because it is not used for flood control the level fluctuates only about five feet throughout the year. Construction began in September 1960 and ran until May 1963. Melton Hill has been generating electricity for its area since 1964. During construction up to 1200 people could be found working on the dam at any given time. The total cost of $38.5 million included 4.1 million man hours.
The dam itself is 103 feet high and 1020 feet in length and consists of approximately 250,000 cubic yards of concrete. Melton Hill's watershed encompasses 3,343 square miles. The lock is a 75 ft X 400 ft chamber and is a 60 ft lift from Watts Bar Lake. This beautiful lake provides year round activities with fishing, camping, picnicking, waterskiing, jetskiing, swimming, public parks, public access areas, boating, bicycling and more.
A fishing trip could land you such catches as rock bass, sauger, white bass, white crappie, spotted bass, warmouth, largemouth bass or rainbow trout. Boat ramps are located both above and below the dam in order to allow access to the Watts Bar and Melton Hill Reservoirs. Melton Hill also boasts an International Rowing Course and was home to the 1981 Pan America Canoe & Kayak Championship.
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