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North Shore Boone Lake and Boone Dam

Site Directions: From I-26, take exit 13 (Gray), go north on TN 75 (toward the airport), cross the river, then turn right on Boone Dam Road and stay straight to the visitor center above the dam.
Intersection of SR 75 and Boone Dam Rd. - Lat-Long: 36.45107, -82.43913
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round, but fall and winter are for best birding
Fees: none

Site Description: Boone Lake is one of the smaller reservoirs in the TVA system. Shortly after turning off TN 75 there will be a parking lot on the right from which to scan the tailwaters. Continue up the road to the visitor center overlooking Boone Lake.

Wildlife to Watch: In winter look for loons, grebes, gulls, and Bald Eagle. There may be a some ducks, also, if boat traffic is light. Osprey occur in migration. Black-crowned Night-Herons may be seen below the dam in fall. Wild Turkeys are often seen in open areas and woodland edge. Otters are possible in the river below the dam.

For more information:

Birds of Boone Lake via eBird submissions

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Information for this site page generously provided by Rick Knight.

Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.