Below the 1002′ contour
When Douglas Lake was created, TVA acquired all of the lands that now make up Douglas Lake. They then created a flowage easement (and area where they could inundate with water) at both the 1002′ contour and the 1007′ contour. Then TVA granted most of the land back to the original landowners.
These landowners began to divide their lands. Often, the surveyors cut off the land at the 1002′ contour as anything below it was essentially useless. This practice went on until well into the 2000s.
At some point, some industrious persons decided to purchase the remaining lands below the 1002′ contour from the various heirs. They then proceeded to “close off” these lands to everyone, claiming that everyone was trespassing.
This prompted TVA to begin requiring anyone seeking a dock permit to prove that they had the right to use the land below the 1002′ contour.
If you have land or are purchasing land on Douglas Lake, you will be well served to ensure that you have legal access to the adjoining lands below the 1002′ contour. If you do not, you do not have lake access. You can look all you want, but you can’t touch.