Every year, thousands of rowers flock to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to train and compete at Melton Lake, one of the best 2,000-meter rowing courses in America. Over the years, the Oak Ridge Rowing Association has hosted several prestigious rowing regattas, including the NCAA National Rowing Championships and the USRowing Junior and Club National Championships.
four row team racing on the lake

Melton Lake Park

With 173 miles of shoreline, Melton Lake Park is the perfect location for an outdoor adventure. Strike up a sand volleyball match, cool off in the water at the beach area, or take advantage of Melton Lake Park’s 14 public boat launches and access areas that are ideal for SUP (stand-up paddle boards), kayaks, and pedal boats. The lake, located on the eastern edge of Oak Ridge, is also known as one of the best 2,000-meter rowing courses in America.
melton lake park sign in oak ridge tn


Oak Ridge, Tennessee’s Melton Hill Lake is a popular location for recreational pontoon boats, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and fishing. Boaters will enjoy some of the smoothest water in the area while fishermen will love the abundant supply of striped bass, crappie, largemouth bass, and skipjack herring.
family on the lake boating

SUP (Stand-Up Paddle boarding) and Kayaking

Oak Ridge is one of the top Tennessee destinations for SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) and kayaking. The same pristine, calm water that makes Melton Hill Lake one of the nation’s premier rowing venues also creates one of the area’s best locations to SUP, kayak, or canoe. Bring your own gear or rent from Adventures Outdoors, conveniently located next to the Oak Ridge Rowing Association.
young girl kayaking in the lake


Fishing on Melton Hill Lake is some of the best in the area with ample supplies of striped bass, crappie, largemouth bass, and more. With over 170 miles of shoreline there are plenty of places to wet a line – from the shore or from a boat. Click through to learn more about fishing in Oak Ridge.
man caught a musky fish in local lake