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

Our Lake

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.

Invasive Aquatic Plants

In the past few years, invasive non-indigenous aquatic plant species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and hydrilla have become well established in the lake. Long growing seasons and warm temperatures, combined with the rapid growth of these species, have allowed them to flourish and reach nuisance levels that negatively impact the ecology of the lake. Impacts include, alterations in the interactions between fish and other aquatic species, constricting navigation canals, declines in recreational use, lowering property values, disrupting nutrient cycling, and provide mosquito breeding habitat.

Working Together on Watts Bar

we work closely with these agencies