Tennessee’s Norris Lake is located east of Interstate 75 at the exits for LaFollette, Caryville, Rocky Top, Clinton and Andersonville. The lake is immediately north of Knoxville Tennessee.  The southeastern waters of Norris Lake, Clinch and Powell rivers are easily accessed from State Highway 33 which runs between Knoxville and Tazewell.

The area around Cove Lake, Big Ridge and  Norris Dam is where TVA established demonstration public parks, later became the nucleus of Tennessee’s state park system. The State of Tennessee administers two large game management areas, three state parks and 59 public access areas. The area also has three county parks for public use.