Boone Reservoir Dam is located at mile marker 18.6 on the south fork of the Holston River. The reservoir is located in Sullivan County and Washington County in Tennessee.|
Construction of the reservoir began August 29, 1950. The dam was closed and filling of the reservoir began December 15, 1952. The first generator went into operation March 16, 1953. The initial cost of the Boone project, including three generating units in the switch yard totaled $27,191,574. For construction of the reservoir 152 families had to be relocated and 104 gravesites had to be moved.
Boone Dam has a maximum height of 160 feet, and a maximum width of 1,532 feet, with 750 feet of that being earth and embankment taking a total of 4,269,768 man hours to complete. Construction of the dam took 4,802 tons of steel, along with 199,358 cubic yards of concrete.
Boone Lake offers 130 miles of shoreline, 8 miles of which is island shoreline. At normal maximum pool, the reservoir contains 189,100 acre feet of water.