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July 2020

Happy summer to you!

This has been quite an unusual season for us all, due to the unprecedented global pandemic that has forced us to change the way we do a lot of things. Here at TVA, the health and safety of our employees as well as our visitors remains paramount to us, and we’ve taken the right steps to help protect you.

The River Forecast Center team and our teams at each of the 49 dams we operate have remained available and on the job through the entire pandemic.

We’ve been following the same guidance from the CDC that everyone has heard: wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing and even having more than half of all TVA employees work from home – this limits exposure to team members who must be physically at locations to do their work.

We always keep the river system open, but did need to temporarily close our major recreation areas until we were certain large crowds could use them safely. They’re now available for everyone’s use.

We know that some of the closures were inconvenient, but we want to ensure that the Tennessee River system, with all of its reservoirs and tributaries, continues to be a safe place to enjoy the incredible natural environment of our area.
We urge you, as always, to comply with all safety directives and do not congregate in public areas. Please enjoy TVA-managed land, trails and lakes only while practicing guidelines for social distancing.
Please check for updates, and you can also follow us on our social media channels and our Lake Info App for the latest information.
Enjoy these summer days and don’t forget to share your photos with us—just use the hashtag #tvafun. Stay healthy and stay safe!
David Bowling
Vice President, River & Resources Stewardship

We're ready for recreation season!

Some recreation areas have been closed to protect public health and well-being. Now that they’ve reopened, TVA’s commitment to environmental stewardship remains strong and we will continue to care for the Tennessee River and all its natural resources. It’s what we do.


Playing “hooky” with your kids

Introducing youngsters to fishing takes preparation, practice and patience—but their first catch could get them “hooked” for life. Here's our tips for your littlest anglers.


New places to hit the trails

Two new TVA multi-use trails near South Holston Dam are designed to provide mountain biking fun for the whole family now and in times to come.


Happy trails to you

Celebrate our favorite time of year by getting outdoors for a hike or bike on one of the Valley’s many trails. Use our interactive map to find one near you.


Taking care of our miles of trails

From mighty trees to little shrubs, TVA trail maintenance never ends.


Get out and about!

Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Now is the perfect time for a solo trip out into nature.


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, now celebrating its fifth birthday!

Ocoee whitewater rafting is in business

Commercial rafting on the Ocoee River in southeast Tennessee opened on May 16, two months later than normal. Guests now will see increased cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines enforced to help keep them safe. Tennessee State Parks are also open to guests.

Celebrate more than 80 years of TVA lake fun

On May 18, 2020, TVA celebrated its 87th anniversary. Read more about how recreational opportunities in the seven state region have evolved since the early days.

A chance to help and have fun, too

Are you bored at home? Looking for a creative and interesting outlet? Maybe it’s time you signed up to become a Citizen Archivist.!

The Wayback Machine

The engineers who planned Chatuge Reservoir in North Carolina recognized its recreational potential from the start. They noted that Chatuge Dam had everything desirable—setting, location, and accessibility—ranking it as unique among reservoirs of the TVA system. Above: fishing on the Georgia side, May, 1962.

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.
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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