Things To Do On Douglas Lake, Tennessee For The Best Vacation

Douglas Lake has been a favorite vacation spot of mine for the last five years for several reasons. I have never been to a lake just like it. With warm waters to dive into and gorgeous mountains all around you can see why this place is worth loving.

Here are some things you can do on your vacation to make it the best one yet.

Water Skiing/ Tubing

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IMG_7222.jpgSkiing and tubing are so much fun, and this lake is perfect for it. First of all Douglas Lake is a huge lake. There could be plenty of other people on the lake, but there would still be enough room for everyone to be whipped around on a tube. Skiing can be challenging. It took me forever to learn, but once I learned it was like riding a bike. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get up the first couple times. Tubing is always pretty intense with my family. We have what we call ‘tube wars’, where the object of tubing is to push the other person off. It is a ton of fun.

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Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 6.00.08 PM.jpgAll around the lake there are hidden cliffs. Some are taller than others. It just depends on how daring you are feeling.

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga

IMG_1659.jpgEarly morning or late afternoon peaceful yoga on the lake sounds is a great way to relax and have fun. Nothing like some sun salutations to get me up and going in the morning.

Go For A Boat Ride

For my friends who don’t like adrenaline infused activities, just going on a boat ride can be a great way to spend some time. I could ride around on a boat all day around Douglas Lake. With around twenty-27 miles of lake area there are plenty of places to ride around and explore. It could take all day to ride from one side to the next.

Kayaking/ SUP Boarding


Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!

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Kayaking and SUP boarding great ways to get out on the water. When the weather is nice there is nothing better than paddling around and exploring coves and islands. Let me tell you there are always enough places to explore. I paddled all the way across the lake to an island. Since I had just finished watching a Stephen King movie I was a little creeped out being on the island along. I got spooked when I felt something beneath my board. Turns out it was just a branch. Nonetheless it was very cool.


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Douglas Lake is around 30 feet deep, which is a game changer. I dive into the water without any worry about touching the bottom of the lake. There are tons of fish in the lake but most of them hang around the bottom of the lake.


Bait shops are all around the lake, and fishermen are up early in the morning to catch the biggest fish. Though none of us caught anything sometimes it is just fun to be out on the boat with some peace and quiet. I will say I am not a fan of putting worms on hooks though. That part I could do without.

Island Exploring

As I mentioned before, there are islands and coves around every corner of the lake. Every time I go I seem to find someplace new. Most of the islands seem to be completely untouched by human hands. It makes me feel like a real wilderness gal.


Have a fantastic vacay!