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July 2021

Greetings, River Neighbors:
Here we are, in the midst of a long, hot summer. TVA is cranking out the power to keep your lights and air conditioners on. In fact, it’s almost a record amount of power! No matter how hot the weather gets, we’ll keep it coming.  

With the long holiday weekend approaching, you are likely planning to get out on the water and enjoy some boating, fishing or paddling. I believe we’re seeing more kayakers and other paddlers than ever before, since the sport is really taking off across the country. Check out our Recreation page to get ideas for some fun on the lakes and streams. And look at this—residents and visitors who come to kayak or enjoy other paddle sports are bringing economic benefits to local communities too.

If you prefer your recreation on land, we’ve got information to help you plan your camping trip or to find your favorite trail.

But remember, be careful. Watch for warning signs near our dams. Wear your life jacket. Hike carefully, and stay away from any wildlife you may encounter. This is a dangerous weekend when it comes to accidents on land and water. We are so glad to host you, but we want you to be safe and careful while you’re having fun.

Allen Clare
VP, TVA River & Resources Stewardship

TVA’s stream access points bring a stream of benefits

Recreation on the water, like paddling, brings measurable benefits to physical and psychological health. Now, a new TVA study shows it brings economic health as well—millions of dollars worth.

Certified Camp-Right Campgrounds – your environmentally friendly option

Have you caught yourself daydreaming about the fresh smell of the forest and the sounds of birds in the morning? Chances are you’re overdue for a camping trip, but choosing a campground can be daunting. With hundreds of options across the Valley, many of them right on the water, how can you make an informed decision?

Certified Clean Marinas mean healthier, safer waters

Marinas are like floating convenience stores - they carry supplies that make a day on the lake more enjoyable. Fortunately, there are some valley marinas with a special designation - Tennessee Valley Clean Marina Certification.

Gift of cypress grove keeps on giving

At first glance they seem like sentries rising from the water, watching over the small town of Charleston, Tennessee. Towering to heights upward of 60 feet, they are stunning, environmental stewards that host wildlife, filter pollution from the river, and provide carbon sequestration.

Trails go virtual

When COVID-19 hit, it seemed that everyone wanted to be outdoors. Because TVA’s public lands provide more than 180 miles of trails, it was the perfect time for several members of Natural Resources Public Outreach team to put their in-person work on hold and hit the trail for a different kind of outreach experience – video creation. Hike along with them!


Revive yourself with beautiful waterfalls

As the Tennessee River Valley moves into mid-summer, it’s tempting to curl up in a hammock and doze till late September. But with, the fun is just beginning. Make it a road trip by checking out a string of waterfalls in Northern Alabama. No wonder they call that state "Land of a Thousand Waterfalls." 


Ready to paddle?

Visit Whether you’re a life-long water enthusiast or anxious to put a paddle in the river for the first time, this is your summer as Tennessee RiverTowns, communities enrolled in the Tennessee RiverLine program, host dozens of free, public paddling and stewardship events from Knoxville to Paducah.

Now you see ‘em

With a little help from TVA scientists, a noted National Geographic explorer swings by the Tennessee Valley to photograph endangered aquatic life as part of a worldwide collection of rare species.'em


TVA looks to a sustainable future

Sustainability is at the heart of TVA’s mission to make life better in the Tennessee Valley. Our focus on sustainability helps ensure that we fulfill our mission to provide low-cost and reliable electricity, a healthy environment and a prosperous economy—today, and for future generations.


Promise and progress

The building of Norris Dam represents the promise and progress available to Americans when they're willing to reach across the aisle for the common good, as FDR and Sen. George Norris did in 1933.

Did you know you can check our lake levels with an app?

Get the most up-to-date information on each reservoir TVA manages, including today’s levels, predicted elevations, planned generation releases at the dams, reservoir operating guides, ecological health ratings, fish population survey results, recreation facilities and more.


The Wayback Machine

A quiet paddle on a TVA reservoir is always a nice way to enjoy nature. These canoers are enjoying Norris Lake in July, 1944.


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:

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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Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

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