Norris Lake Paddling Adventures

Norris, Tennessee

Hydrobike rentals

About Norris Lake Paddling Adventures

The owner of Norris Paddling Adventures, John Marquis, until November, 2012 was a licensed guide for LLBean's headquarters in Freeport, Maine for 10 years where he taught sea kayaking, paddleboarding, cross-country skiing and showshoeing. John is a licensed outdoor guide, certified in wilderness first aid and holds certifications in fitness and sports nuitrition. It's Norris Paddling Adventures' goal to teach the sport of paddling and encourage fitness and respect for the environment. We have recreational kayaks, high-performance kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and plenty of PFDs for a fun, safe experience on Lake Norris, one of Tennessee's most pristine and cleanest lakes. For a peaceful and relaxing paddle, email us and request an evening or early morning tour when the lake is smooth as glass. For those of you with children under the age of 12, we offer PaddleTime In the Cove for 30 minutes of paddle fun on a paddle board.

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Hydrobike rentals

Hydrobike rentals

Owner & Licensed Maine Guide: John Marquis

Owner & Licensed Maine Guide: John Marquis

Stand Up Paddle Board Discovery Class – 1.5 hours $45.00

Stand Up Paddle Board Discovery Class – 1.5 hours $45.00

Norris Lake is magnificent body of water; clear, mellow and serene--warming to comfortable swimming temperatures in summer and flanked by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Norris Lake is magnificent body of water; clear, mellow and serene--warming to comfortable swimming temperatures in summer and flanked by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Prices

 

Canoe & Tandem

For two people and small child

 

Kayak Rental

3-Pelican Sound 120 Yellow/White, One person 12’
1-Pelican Strait 120, Yellow/White, One Person 12”
2-Venture Flex 11, Lava (orange), One Person 11”
2-Perception Tribe sit-on top, One person 9’


Norris Lake Paddling Adventures Features

Welcome to Norris Lake located in the Norris Highlands, where water related recreational opportunities await in one of the TVA's cleanest lakes. Whether you come for boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, 4-wheeling or just relaxing, we feel that the area has it all, making Norris Lake your family vacation destination.
Norris Lake extends into five counties: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, and Union. The Clinch River is 300 miles long and drains an area of 2,912 square miles. Its major tributary, the Powell River, drains 938 square miles and is about180 miles long. There are approximately 27,927 acres of Norris Reservoir shore land on which TVA can plan future uses. Of the 809 miles of total shoreline, 16 percent is privately owned flowage easement land, 42 percent is owned and managed by TVA, 26 percent is owned by TVA and jointly managed (Wildlife Management Areas and Parks) and 16 percent is TVA-owned residential access shore land.

Norris Dam, the first project built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), was started in 1933. Named for George W. Norris, a U. S. Senator from Nebraska who was the author of the legislation that created the TVA, the dam was complete in 1936 and the lake was filled by 1937. At 265 feet tall and 1,860 feet long, Norris Dam provides flood control, recreation, generates hydroelectricity and helps improve navigation of the Tennessee River. The waters of Norris Lake reach over 800 miles of shoreline including dozens of islands. When the lake drops about 32 feet in the winter even more islands appear. With a surface area of more than 34,000 acres and depths over 200 feet, Norris Lake holds about830 billion gallons of water and that water is put to good use. The dam has two turbine hydroelectric generators that can produce up to 100,800 kilowatts of electric. It is the first dam in the TVA's flood control system with the spill waters eventually flowing into the Ohio River.

Norris Dam State Park surrounds the dam with many facilities and activities including hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pool and recreational programs. Campgrounds, picnic area sand cabin rentals are also available. There is a visitor’s center on one side of the dam and an overlook on the other side that provides a great vista for photographs of both the lake and the spill waters. A picnic area can be found at the base of the dam.

The Norris Dam Area encompasses the Clinch River from the Norris Lake dam to the Anderson County Park along with Big Creek and Cove Creek. At the dam the Lighthouse Marina overlooks the dam waters where Cove Creek meets the Clinch River. Cove Creek flows from the Cove Lake State Park towards the dam. Along Cove Creek there are two marinas, Twin Cove Marina and Mountain Lake Marina. The Norris Dam State Park and the Cove Creek Wildlife area border Cove Creek where it meets the Clinch. Norris Lake State Park also borders the Clinch River on one side up past Big Creek before you get to Sequoyah Marina. Big Creek Flows from the Campbell County Park just outside of Lafollette. Indian River Marina and Whitman Hollow Marina are both located on Big Creek.


Norris Lake Paddling Adventures Attractions

Norris Dam
Norris Dam Marina
Norris Dam State Park
Museum of Appalachia


Terms & Conditions

Hours of Operation: April-October
Monday-Friday 10 am – 6pm
Saturday-Sunday 9am – 8pm
Early paddling 6 am – 10am by Reservation Only
Late Paddling 6pm-8pm by Reservation Only