East Tennessee is sometimes referred to as The Lakeway Area, boasting numerous gorgeous waterways and lakes such as Watts Bar Lake, Norris Lake, Douglas Lake, Fort Loudon Lake, Cherokee Lake, Davy Crockett Lake, Boone Lake and Melton Hill Lake.
The Clinch River feeds into Melton Hill Lake located on the east end of Oak Ridge. The lake is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority waterway system. Daily one will see Oak Ridgers fishing, boating, swimming, rowing, jumping off the rope swing, catching the breeze off the water on the Greenways path which runs along side it, or just picnicking and relaxing.
Along with being minutes away from fishing and boating access, whether at Melton Hill Lake or several other nearby waterways, Oak Ridge’s waters have become even more noteworthy by the Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA). ORRA was named 2005 Club of the Year by USRowing. Along with the achievements of the club and its teams, Oak Ridge boasts one of the best waterways for rowers in the nation. The ORRA has therefore hosted numerous rowing regattas in Oak Ridge, which they list in the following:
“Each year, Oak Ridge hosts the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, ARAMARK South-Central Sprints, Oak Ridge Invitational Regatta, Oak Ridge Sprints and Secret City Head Race, among others. In 2005, the club also hosted the CanAmMex Regatta, which brings together junior development athletes from Canada, Mexico and the United States for a week-long camp that culminates in a regatta. In previous years, Oak Ridge also has hosted such national events as the USRowing National Championships, USRowing Masters National Championships and Pan American Game Trials.”