Paint Rock Refuge

Paint Rock Refuge, Watts Bar River Mile 575

Directions to lake access: From US 70 in Kingston, take Hwy 58 south 3.6 miles to River Road (Hwy 304). Turn right and follow River Road along the eastern shore. Also, from Rockwood, take US 27/ Hwy 29 south to Spring City for access to the western shore.

Boat Ramp access on the west side of the river, 

Lat: 35.78624°N Long: -84.48919°W

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: open year-round

Fees: none

Roane County, 1,600 acres

Big game and small game are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Archery equipment is only for deer hunting. Archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during muzzleloader and gun seasons.

Shotguns are only for small game hunting.

Quail: Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024

Dog training: Sept. 1 - March 15

Site Description: Forest, shrub edges, and fields are found on this WMA, adjacent to Watts Bar Lake. 

Wildlife to Watch:
 In spring and summer, Osprey are common nesting birds across the lake. They nest on poles and structures and can be viewed best by boat; however please keep a safe distance from nesting pairs to avoid disturbing them and their young. In winter, waterfowl and Bald Eagles are common.

Great Blue HeronBlack-crowned Night-heron, and Great Egret nest on islands in the lake.

White-tailed deer, raccoonmuskratfox, and coyote are common around the lake. 

Contact Information

Region 3 Office: 931-484-9571
Toll-Free:  833-402-4698
E-mail the office
Area Manager: Rob Klippel (423) 693-6791

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