Melton Hill, on the Clinch River, has a nationally recognized rowing course and is a spring training site for collegiate teams from throughout the United States. The lake has, in fact, hosted a number of national championship competitions.
The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping, sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps – one below the dam and one above it – give boaters access to Watts Bar Lake as well as Melton Hill Lake. Roads on both sides of the river, which is loaded with sauger, crappie and bass, are popular for walkers, joggers and bikers.
The dam is 103 feet high and stretches 1,020 feet across the Clinch River and the lake provides nearly 193 miles of shoreline and 5,470 acres of water surface for recreation.