Parksville Lake

Created by Tennessee Rural Electric Company in 1910-11, Parksville Lake is the oldest lake in the Cherokee National Forest. Sometimes known as Lake Ocoee, this lake is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Scenic views of the 1,930-acre lake are highlights along the Ocoee Scenic Byway. The lake is popular for motor-boating, paddling, fishing, and swimming. 

Parksville Lake has bass, trout, bluegill, catfish, yellow perch and crappie. Campsites are dispersed along the lakeshore.

Parksville Beach and Mac Point are two popular swimming areas on the lake. Note, there is a $3 day-use parking fee at both areas.

East Parksville Boat Launch provides access to the northeastern portion of Parksville Lake. It is a longer ramp, suitable for larger craft. A vault toilet, boat trailer parking, and a dock are provided.

Kings Slough Boat Launch is a fairly shallow boat launch providing access to the western side of Parksville Lake. It has ample parking for boat trailers and individual vehicles, a vault toilet, and a boating dock. Campsites are dispersed along the lakeshore.

Parksville Boat Launch provides access to the northeastern portion of Parksville Lake. The launch has two ramps – the west ramp is suitable for boats, while the east ramp is shallow and only suitable for small craft like jet-skis or canoes. A vault toilet and parking are available.

Nearby: The Cherokee National Forest is home to both the Hiwassee and Ocoee rivers. Each has diverse paddling options from whitewater rafting, kayaking to calm water canoeing, tubing, and paddle boarding.

Parksville Lake Campground is located off Hwy 30. The popular campground offers developed RV and tent/group campsites with tables, fire rings, electricity, and bathhouses. All sites require advanced reservations through or by calling (877) 444-6777. Chilhowee Campground is nearby and there are a few dispersed campsites along the lakeshore that are first-come, first-served.

Hiking trails are available nearby at the Chilhowee Recreation Area


Parksville Lake



Hours and Cost

Open Daily

Cost: Most areas require a $3 day-use fee. Camping fees vary based on location and length of stay.

Pet Friendly

Yes, on a leash


Cherokee National Forest—Ocoee Ranger District

3171 Highway 64

Benton, TN 37307



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