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Greetings, River Neighbors:    

Here we are, in the midst of a long, hot summer—a very hot summer. TVA is cranking out the power to keep your lights and air conditioners on. We saw extremely high demand in June and July, but there have been no demand-related outages. You can count on TVA to keep the power flowing. 

Water levels have been variable this year, with plenty of water in some areas, and below normal in others. Have you ever wondered how this massive river system is managed, and why the levels move the way they do? Check out this page, which includes an animated video, and download our Lake Info app to keep track from day to day.  Learn more about how those waterways provide recreational fun but also economic benefits.

It’s a good time to find some cooling relief from the heat by enjoying a swim or a paddle on TVA-managed waters.  A shady hike is nice too, and there are trails for every level of ability.

Please remember to be SAFE! Watch for warning signs near our dams.  Wear your life jacket when out on the water. Be careful when hiking, and stay away from any wildlife you may encounter. We are so glad to host you, but want you to be safe while you’re out having fun.

Allen Clare
VP, TVA River & Resources Stewardship

Don’t “do it for the TikTok”! Stay a safe distance from wild animals

You’ve probably seen them: videos on Instagram, TikTok or other channels showing people getting dangerously close to bears and other wild animals, trying to capture that perfect photo or that viral video. Here are tips on how to stay safe while enjoying nature.
Seven Tips to Enjoy Wildlife Safely (

Accessible nature outing provides a path toward inclusion

Community members, many of whom face challenges that may limit participation in outdoor events, signed up for the program hosted in the TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation trails system. They arrived prepared to explore nature, learn new things and have fun. 

Better place to live, work and play

The waterways of the Tennessee Valley offer beauty, biodiversity and recreational opportunities for tourists and locals alike, while also providing an economic boost to the local economy.
Better Place to Live, Work and Play (

Watch for hammerhead worms in your garden

A long, slimy flatworm with a weird-looking head sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but it’s real and it has been documented in the Knoxville area. Hammerhead flatworms are named for the distinctive half-moon shape of their head.
Watch for Hammerhead Worms in Your Garden (

Keep the kids busy and learning with our TVA Kids page!

You may already be hearing “I’m bored!”—but here’s a solution. Check out TVA Kids for virtual field trips into our dams, lessons about our unique history, a downloadable coloring book and lots more.

Capture your summer memories

Have wide-open fun in TVA’s wide-open spaces this year, snap a pic, and you could win great prizes courtesy of #TVAfun! It runs from now through September, featuring monthly winners this time along with overall contest winners. Find out more on TVA Fun.

Camp-Right Campgrounds

Many campers in the Valley have birdhouses in their yards, and many TVA-Camp-Right Campgrounds have birdhouses, too! These campgrounds support the conservation and management of natural resources, including birds. Discover the joy of caring for nature at Camp-Right Campgrounds, your environmentally friendly camping choice.

Tennessee RiverLine

Find out how the Tennessee RiverLine (TNRL), Explore Kentucky and Mind Body Paddle hosted the inaugural Paddlesports Leadership Academy. The program trains and mentors individuals from communities, which are typically underserved by outdoor recreation, to become leaders on the water, transforming their local communities by growing diverse representation in paddle sports.

Explore TRV

The Valley is brimming with events in August, and Explore TN River Valley can take you there. Uncover treasures along a 690-mile shopping trip in Alabama, dubbed the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Discover history and lore at the two-day, Cherokee Days of Recognition in Cleveland, TN. Or view the Valley from a tethered balloon during the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival.

TVA Clean Marinas

Did you know that each TVA Clean Marina is required to have easy-to-read signs on the fuel dock that explain proper fueling, spill prevention, and spill reporting procedures? These valuable directions help keep fuel out of the water, keep records of spills and help keep the water clean for recreation, drinking, wildlife and more. Choose a TVA Clean Marina; it makes a difference. Choose a TVA Clean Marina; it makes a difference. 

The Wayback Machine

The thrill of catching a really big one on a TVA lake will never get old! This proud angler is showing off his catch at a fishing rodeo on Norris Reservoir in June 1940.

Explore with the Tennessee River Valley MapGuide
Looking for new places to explore by foot, car or boat? Check out the Tennessee River Valley MapGuide. There are plenty of things to see and do close to home.

Got a question? Pick the PLIC
TVA’s Public Land Information Center (PLIC) is your single source for answers to questions about a variety of public land topics including recreational opportunities and shoreline permits. Call (800) 882-5263 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or submit your question using the form found here.

Ongoing maintenance:
Keep up with road closings, bridge repairs, all kinds of things here.

See past issues of River Neighbors here.

Boone Dam Project
We publish this newsletter to keep TVA's stakeholders informed about the programs and projects associated with TVA’s environmental stewardship, recreation and river management efforts.

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400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

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