The lake level was near record high, the lower access road was under water and rain was beginning to fall again Friday afternoon at Watauga Point Recreation Area.
ELIZABETHTON — Rain’s in the forecast through Saturday, setting the stage for a possible all-time high water level for Watauga Lake on Sunday.
BUTLER — They will soon be hiring for new construction jobs in the mountains as workers are needed to build Blue Mountanya, the mountain resort that will be built on Watauga Lake in Butler.
At nearly 60 degrees with some light precipitation initially expected, this was one of the warmest days for the event since the race was first started 18 years ago, according to Commodore Dave Gurysh of the Watauga Lake Sailing Club.
When Tennessee Valley Authority officials first conceptualized the construction of the Watauga Lake and dam in the early ‘40s, residents of Butler were advised that they would soon have to leave the town. It was the only incorporated town to be moved for a TVA project.
The Reservoir and Community Clean Up fund supports organizers’ efforts to keep Tennessee Valley fresh and ready for lake-goers.
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HAMPTON — The annual New Year’s Day sailboat race on Watauga Lake truly merited its name this year.
This year’s New Year’s Day sailboat race on Watauga Lake seems destined to fulfill its namesake.
BUTLER — The 13th Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon will take place Saturday, Aug. 28, starting at 8 a.m. and there is still time to register for the event.
Cool temperatures, light winds and just a dash of rain met sailors at Watauga Lake Sunday afternoon as they plunged into the new year with the 17th annual Frostbite Sailing Race.
HAMPTON — The Watauga Lake Sailing Club holds many sailboat races on the mountain-rimmed Watauga Lake throughout the year, but one race has captured the attention of the region, the Annual Frostbite Race that has been held every New Year’s Day for the past 17 years.
The National Weather Service in Morristown’s website indicated Monday that Tri-Cities precipitation for the year to date was 27.63 inches or 8.88 inches below the norm of 36.51 inches. Since Sept. 1, the deficit has been 3.59 inches.
HAMPTON — Last Friday’s storm continues to cause disruptions in normal activities. The latest impact, the temporary closure of the Shook Branch Swimming Area on Watauga Lake, is especially felt with the current string of hot and humid days.
Weather wasn’t the first thing on Faye Russell’s mind when she and six of her friends went out on Watauga Lake Friday afternoon.