When you’re looking for lakefront homes or waterfront property, you won’t find a more beautiful place than Watauga Lake.  Watauga Lake is located in Butler Tennessee, covering parts of Carter and Johnson counties. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Watauga Lake offers waterfront homes and building sites while preserving the natural beauty of a lake in the mountains.

Donaven Braun Realtor®

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About Donaven Braun

As your Watauga Lake Realtor, know that I am invested in our lake community, live here year-round, work full time as a real estate agent, and am the proud father of Ella and Little Donaven. I can help you sell your home or land and get the most money at closing as possible. If you are a buyer looking for a waterfront or water access home, home site, or land and land, I can help you get the best value for your budget.

I spend time with my clients to ensure that they understand the pros and cons of buying or selling, during peak season, off season, waterfront, water access, full pool vs winter pool access, water view, mountain view, Johnson City and Hampton side of the lake versus the Mountain City or Boone NC sides of the lake.  I consider summer and winter access, access to amenities such as VA hospital or accessibility considerations.  Once I truly understand your hopes and dreams for your lake property, I can give you the service you expect to get from a local expert. Relocating or retiring to Tennessee comes with lots of advantages; we enjoy low property taxes, no state income tax, no retirement income tax, and low vehicle registration costs.   Jump Back

About Watauga Lake

Watauga Lake was formed when the Watauga Dam was constructed starting in 1942 and completed in 1948 and is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest.  Both the Watauga River and the Elk River feed the lake.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) uses the reservoir to generate hydroelectric power.  At 1,959 feet above sea level, Lake Watauga is the highest reservoir in the series of 7 dams under the TVA system.  The city of Butler, which now sits underwater, was relocated to what is now known as Butler.  If you want to know more about the history of Butler, be sure to check out the Butler Museum.  Watauga Lake is just over 16 miles long and has almost 105 miles of shoreline.  At summer pool levels, the lake covers 6,430 acres and is about 265 feet deep at the dam, with an average depth of 52.5 feet.  During the wintertime, TVA drops the water level about 10 feet for flood storage, but most dock owners are not impacted. Water levels on Watauga Lake are available at TVA online or using their phone app.  Jump Back


booked.netWatauga Lake has a rather mild climate but still enjoys all four seasons.  Summer temperatures range from 62° to 84° with winters ranging from 24° to 44°.  The average monthly rainfall is from 3.3″ in November to 5.6″ in July.  We average 25 days of snowfall per year with just under 16″ being average for January.  Snow generally burns off by the afternoon.  Daylight ranges from 10 hours per day in December and January to 14.5 hours in June and July when you want to be on the lake the most.  Jump Back

Watauga Lake Marinas

Watauga Lake is home to six marinas with a wide range of amenities. Below you will find a list briefly showing some of the offerings of each as well as links and a map. You can also navigate on the map below and click the links on the map for more information about what each marina has to offer, directions, websites, phone numbers, google reviews, photos, etc.
1️⃣ Lakeshore Marina rentals, fuel, restaurant, bar, cabins, service
2️⃣ Fish Springs Marina rentals, fuel, RV camping, service
3️⃣ Cove Ridge Marina fuel, grill and ice cream, RV camping, service
4️⃣ Mallard Cove Marina fuel, grill
5️⃣ Bayview Marina RV camping
6️⃣ Pioneer Landing RV camping  Jump Back


Watauga Lake offers several camping options from full hook-up to an island only reachable via water, you’re sure to find something perfect.
Clifford Island via water only, primitive
Little Stoney Creek primitive, easy access
Cardens Bluff primarily tent with some RV, showers, toilets, NO Electric, great lake access
Watauga Dam RV, electric, water and sewer
Bayview RV, electric, water and sewer
Pioneer Landing RV, electric, water and sewer
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Watauga Lake is home to several communities offering a variety of amenities.  Jump Back

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1 Cove Ridge Estates For Sale
2 Elk River Estates x x x For Sale
3 Hickory Hills For Sale
4 Hidden Valley Retreat For Sale
5 Horseshoe Cove For Sale
6 Nautica Cove For Sale
7 Oak Point Estates For Sale
8 Point 8 Pines For Sale
9 Sugar Cove For Sale
10 The Harbour For Sale
11 Watauga Falls For Sale