The serenity of Melton Hill Lake, which touches Oak Ridge on two sides, is the ultimate haven for visitors who can't resist the water. With 173 miles of shoreline, Melton Hill Lake is a popular attraction for boating, fishing, swimming and rowing. Melton Hill Reservoir is home to one of the top Regatta venues in the nation. Nestled between rolling hills and gorgeous flora and fauna, thousands of students from the United States and Canada compete throughout the spring on these beautiful, still waters. With water controlled by the Norris Dam, rowers say the water in Oak Ridge is "like glass," giving them one of the fairest competitive spots for races in the country.
Melton Hill Lake is also home to the Muskellunge (Musky), the" fish of 10,000 casts." The reservoir has a watershed area of 3,434 square miles and covers 5,690 square acres of lake surface.