All You Need To Know About Melton Hill Lake

Melton Hill Lake is surrounded by Anderson, Knox, Roane and Loudon counties in East Tennessee. It covers 5,690 acres, 173 miles of shoreline and runs 57 miles in length from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Lake Dam. The main town you will see is mainly Oak Ridge, but also Clinton, Lenoir City, and also Knoxville. There is lots of shopping in Oak Ridge with a large Kroger Marketplace, Food City, weekly Farmer’s Market, and more. Oak Ridge is part of the Knoxville metro area and is the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex, scientific and technological developments that play crucial roles in the city’s economy and culture in general. 

Melton Hill Dam stands 103 feet high. It stretches 1,020 feet across the Clinch River. The reservoir provides nearly 193 miles of shoreline and 5,470 acres of water surface for recreation. Melton Hill is the only dam in the tributary reservoir system with a navigation lock and is considered a run-of-river reservoir, meaning that water is passed through the reservoir without being stored long term. The water level fluctuates about four feet on a daily basis.

If you want to take a break from the water, there is a peaceful 5.6-mile waterfront greenway great for walking, running, and biking. Other family-friendly amenities include a volleyball court, sheltered picnic tables, playground, and pavilion.

5 Interesting Facts about Melton Hill Lake

1. Melton Hill Reservoir has a nationally recognized rowing course and is a spring training site for collegiate teams from throughout the eastern United States. The reservoir has hosted a number of national championships.

2.  Melton Hill Reservoir extends the reach of barge traffic 38 miles up the Clinch River to Clinton, Tenn., making the area attractive to industries that rely on this mode of transportation.

3. The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping plus sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps—one below the dam and one above—give boaters access to Watts Bar Reservoir as well as Melton Hill Reservoir. Roads on both sides of the river are popular for walking, jogging or bike riding. Game fish in the reservoir include sauger, crappie and bass.

4. Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. Being the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex, scientific and technological development still plays a crucial role in the city's economy and culture in general

5. Oak Ridge is located about 25 miles west of downtown Knoxville and conveniently located near I-40, I-75, and Pellissippi Parkway. 

Info taken from: TVA.com, ExploreOakRidge.com, and TennesseeRiverValleyGeoTourism.org

Dining

Calhoun’s Oak Ridge
100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 685-0850

https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/oak-ridge/

Calhoun’s is accessible by boat. It has a covered outdoor dining patio as well as seating around the fire pit with a panoramic view of Melton Hill Lake.

D & B’s Hot Dogs and Ice Cream
8909 Oak Ridge Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37931
(865) 896-0147

https://www.dbhotdogs.com

This is not on the water, but has been named on Yelp’s list of the best 25 places in the US and Canada to get a hot dog. Closed Sundays.

Big Ed’s Pizza 
101 Broadway Ave. Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-4885

http://www.bigedspizzaoakridge.com

This is not on the water, but is a long-running, old-school pizzeria with checkered tablecloths & a menu of New York-style pies. Only open 4pm-8pm and closed Sundays.  

Dean’s Restaurant & Bakery
239 Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 
(865) 481-2071

http://www.deansrestaurantandbakery.com

Great Southern Food Simple. Fresh. Always. 

Bud’s Farmhouse Coffee
1151 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 685-0328

Delicious coffee, signature breakfast sandwiches, homemade yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit spreads. Sweet treats and light lunch fare.

Marina

Melton Hill Lake Marina 
9133 Solway Ferry Rd. Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 927-0071

Things To Do 

Melton Lake Park

697 Melton Lake Dr. Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Located on the eastern edge of Oak Ridge, is also known as one of the best 2,000-meter rowing venues in America, and a peaceful 5.6-mile waterfront greenway great for walking, running, and biking. Volleyball Court, Playground, Boat Ramp, Pavilion for rent. 

Big Turtle Park (Greenway & Dog Park)

100 Monterey Rd. Oak Ridge, TN 37830 

Offers soccer and softball fields, a playground, and picnic areas. PetSafe Dog Park provides two fenced areas for dogs to play off-leash. The greenway nature trail highlights six points of interest, including river cane bamboo and a beaver dam, that are marked with a written description at the trail head.

University of Tennessee Arboretum
901 S Illinois Ave. Oak Ridge, TN 37830

(865) 483-3571

The University of Tennessee Arboretum is a 2,260-acre tract of land in Oak Ridge that is headquarters for the UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center. More than 30,000 visitors enjoy the Arboretum’s scenic beauty and educational resources annually.

American Museum of Science and Energy
115 Main St. E, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 294-4531

https://amse.org

WHERE SCIENCE COMES TO LIFE! AMSE tells the story of the advances in science and engineering that have occurred in Oak Ridge since the first days of the Manhattan Project. They are a national resource that is proud to be located in east Tennessee, a region that has been and remains on the cutting-edge of scientific innovation. AMSE is a powerful engine of STEAM education and inspiration. With fun, interactive exhibits and programs, every day they tell visitors from the globe exciting, world-changing stories and help explain how our world and universe works.

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