5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Tennessee

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Tennessee

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This summer, enjoy the incredible natural beauty Tennessee has to offer from the water as you zip through lakes, rivers, and mountainsides upon a jet ski. Below you’ll find five of the most thrilling spots in the state to get your jetting on. What are you waiting for? Get out on the water and tear it up!

1. Tennessee River

The Tennessee River near Knoxville, Tennessee, is a known as a jet skiing oasis. The length of the river itself, stretching from Tennessee to Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, provides for incredible spurts of movement that smaller lakes lack. Since 1997, the Tennessee River 600 has utilized the river and its popularity with jet skiers to raise money benefitting children’s hospitals and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

2. Norris Lake

Norris Lake spreads across the Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, and Union counties of Tennessee, and is a frequent jet ski attraction. Several companies provide jet ski rentals and tours, including JBeez Watercraft, Cedar Grove Marina, and Shanghai Marina. Rent by the hour, day, or week. 

3. Dale Hollow Lake

Dale Hollow Lake was recently awarded the number one spot on Pick a Slip’s “Top Ten Best Houseboating Lakes in North America” list. For jet skiers, it doesn’t get much better than Dale Hollow. Jet along the many miles of shoreline. Stop by during the Fourth of July to take part in the annual celebration. Dale Hollow is also a favorite amongst anglers, so if you’re out on the water take special note to not interrupt their flow.

4. Watauga Lake

Watauga Lake in the Appalachian Mountains “enjoys the most stunningly beautiful lake and mountains views in the ‘Volunteer State,’” according to its website. It covers just over 10 miles and is nestled in the mountains, sitting at almost 2,000 feet above sea level. The lake can be difficult to get to, so it usually isn’t very busy, meaning that for the intrepid jet skier, this watery paradise can be yours for the taking. Jet skiing in Tennessee doesn’t get much better than on the Watauga Lake. 

5. Old Hickory Lake

This north-central Tennessee reservoir is a popular spot among fishermen and women, but it can be enjoyed thoroughly by jet skiers and boaters as well! Now, this is a commercial lake, which means there are barges coming through on occasion, but guess what that means? Some potential or waves! Rent your ride from JBeez Watercraft. 

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