Wilbur is a hidden gem for fisherman, paddlers, and anyone looking for a quiet spot to relax. Formed by the tailwater of Watauga Dam and impounded by the smaller Wilbur Dam downstream, Wilbur Lake is a relatively shallow body of water that fluctuates with the level of release or generation of Watauga Dam. Two picnic areas provide ample space, with the upstream location having a covered area and public restrooms. Also at the upstream location is a boat ramp, to be used by non-powered watercraft only. This is the perfect place to put in a canoe, paddle board, or kayak. As always, exercise caution when approaching powerhouses or dams and pay attention to all signs indicating areas to avoid. This area is managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
For more information on Wilbur Dam, please visit TVA’s site.