Cherokee Lake has several boat ramps with public access. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) supply many of the 21 public boat ramps. These ramp and access areas are located all around the lake in the various bordering counties.
Among these ramps is the Cherokee Dam boat ramp. Other ramps include Byrd Springs, Oakland Hollow, Grainger County Park, Lambdin Branch, Panther Creek State Park, Kidwell Ridge, Twin Church, Oak Grove, German Creek Bridge, Rock Haven Creek, Tate Springs, Olen Marshall Bridge, Boat Launch Road, County Line Road, Fall Creek, Fall Creek Campground, Quarryville, Caney Creek, Malinda Ferry and John Sevier Steam Plant.
These ramps are scattered throughout Hamblen, Hawkins, Grainger and Jefferson counties. Cherokee Lake is an excellent location for sports fishing. In addition, it is customary to see pontoon boats and houseboats out on the lake for the day. Jet skis and paddleboards are also popular.
Sailing is also popular in this region of East Tennessee. There is even a Cherokee Lake Sailing Club, which is stationed at Black Oak Dock in Jefferson City. The TWRA has a map available to show all of the docks and boat ramps on the lake.