Welcome to the
Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council Website
Thank you for visiting our website. Spawned by County Commissioners, the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council was established in the spring of 2017. This council of Watts Bar Lake stakeholders is a productive and comprehensive body established to address the many issues involving the dense mats of invasive aquatic plants. Our mission is to do all we can to protect the lake from all invasive species which threaten the ecosystem. At this time, we are concentrating on the invasive weeds and the invasive Silver Carp.WBEFC Structure
Help Protect Watts Bar
Together we can help protect the ecology of Watts Bar and improve it in many ways, thus making it a model ecosystem. Without this effort, the lake will continue to suffer by the large mats of vegetation that overwhelm areas less than 15 ft. deep.
Watts Bar Reservoir extends 72.4 miles northeast from Watts Bar Dam in Spring City, TN, to Fort Loudoun Dam. The dam is located about midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, and is one of nine TVA dams on the Tennessee River. The reservoir provides popular recreational outdoor activities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, etc. The reservoir has 722 miles of shoreline and over 39,090 acres of water surface, and a flood-storage capacity of 379,000 acre-feet. Watts Bar Dam has one 60x360-foot lock that lifts and lowers barges as much as 70 feet to Chickamauga Reservoir. The lock handles more than a million tons of cargo a year.