Boone Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the area due to its central location in Johnson City. The lake is a long, winding reservoir that extends into Piney Flats and the outer edge of Kingsport.
Despite ongoing TVA work that has left the lake lower than usual as of December 2017, there is still plenty of Boone Lake to enjoy. The TVA is actively working to repair the dam and estimates the lake may be back to its normal level as soon as 2020.
Boone Lake Marinas
Boone Lake Marina in Piney Flats, TN
Located at: 452 Sportsmans Dock Road
Close to: 10 miles from Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Phone: (423) 391-7283
Boone Lake Marina is a full-service marina between Johnson City and Bristol with new and used boat sales, service, fuel pumps, a repair shop, and boat slips for rent. Their covered slips are available with or without lifts. Their service department offers mobile repairs if you don’t want to haul your boat to the lake for repairs. The Boonedocks restaurant is open seasonally and serves burgers, sandwiches, pizza and more with waterside outdoor dining.
Davis Marina in Blountville, TN
Located at: 641 Buffalo Road
Close to: 5 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway
Phone: (423) 279-0013
Website: Davis Marina on Facebook
Davis Marina is a dock and restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere. Their restaurant serves home cooking and hand-tossed pizza. A boat ramp allows visitors to access the lake.
Jay’s Boat Dock in Gray, TN
Located at: 945 S Pickens Bridge Road
Close to: 4 miles from Winged Deer Park
Phone: (423) 282-3522
Website: Jay’s Boat Dock on Facebook
Jay’s Boat Dock is a marina and cafe near Boones Creek. They offer covered slips for rental as well as floating cabins and RV lots.
Lakeview Marina in Kingsport, TN
Located at: 474 Lakeside Dock Drive
Close to: 3 miles from Northeast State Community College
Phone: (423) 323-1054
Lakeview Marina is a full-service marina on the edge of the Kingsport side of Boone Lake. The Marker 2 Grille on site features a variety of food items and live music in the season on a large deck with a view of the lake. The marina has a service shop, new and used boat sales, boat rentals, and covered boat slips available for rental.
Rockingham Marina in Johnson City, TN
Located at: 639 Rockingham Road
Close to: 7 miles from the Mall at Johnson City
Phone: (877) 651-3625
Rockingham Marina lies in the heart of Boones Creek along the shores of Boone Lake. It is a full-service marina with a service shop, fuel pumps, a general store, and the Rockingham Cafe where boaters can get a variety of salads and sandwiches for their day on the lake.
Rockingham Marina also has a showroom for new and used boats with brands like Manitou, Chapparal, and Bennington. The Carefree Boat Club also houses its Boone Lake fleet at Rockingham Marina, where members have access to a variety of high-powered luxury pontoon and bowrider boats.
Serenity Cove Marina in Johnson City, TN
Located at: 149 Boatdock Road
Close to: 1 mile from Winged Deer Park
Phone: (423) 975-0125
Website: Serenity Cove Marina on Facebook
Serenity Cove is a marina and RV park that lies across 11-E from Winged Deer Park. It is a more secluded location catered more toward long-term vacationers and RV enthusiasts who want to enjoy the lake with family in a quiet location.
Sonny’s Marina in Gray, TN
Located at: 109 One Street
Close to: 8 miles from the Gray Fossil Site
Phone: (423) 282-9440
Sonny’s Marina is a popular choice for the Johnson City nightlife during the season with their restaurant and live music lineup. They offer service and have new and used boats for sale.
While the ongoing TVA work at Boone Dam has temporarily left Sonny’s without available boat slips, the cafe and live music is still open to the public during the season. Boat slips will be available when the lake returns to normal levels.
Contributor: Carefree Boat Club of Tennessee