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Greetings, River Neighbors:     

Summer is approaching at last—the prime time for enjoying the outdoors. TVA’s Natural Resources team and other groups have been working for months getting everything ready for the busiest part of the year. Now, you have miles of trails, acres of public land and dozens of campsites to enjoy for Memorial Day weekend or later in the summer. Start here on our Recreation landing page, and you’ll find whatever you need to know to plan your trip.

Reservoir levels have been somewhat varied this month, with some lakes at summer pool and others not quite there yet. Levels change almost daily, so you can keep up with the latest data by downloading our Lake Info app.

June 4 is National Trails Day and here at TVA, we consider June to be our own Trails Month. There are land trails and water trails—whatever kind you prefer—and options from a leisurely stroll to a challenging uphill climb! And if you need some time outdoors after that long winter, we have opportunities for you to volunteer with us on a cleanup or doing trail maintenance.

We’re happy to see you enjoying public lands. But please let me remind you to follow safety recommendations—Memorial Day weekend can be hazardous for boaters. Be careful and stay safe out there!

Allen Clare
VP, TVA River & Resources Stewardship

Celebrate National Trails Day with TVA

TVA trails crisscross almost 180 miles of public land. They are there for you to hike, bike, walk, run or just stroll, and you can choose from different levels of difficulty. They’re fun to explore and great for exercise. Come visit!
TVA Trails

TVA and the Appalachian Trail 

The storied Appalachian National Scenic Trail touches TVA property in two spots: Fontana Dam and Wautaga Dam. The history of the great A.T. is intertwined with TVA’s—and the trail continues to grow in popularity.
TVA and the Appalachian Trail

Take the holiday road!

Whether you prefer to play on the water or play on the land, you have plenty of choices when it comes to recreation on TVA public lands and waters. Start here and get all the info you need to plan a great weekend.
Recreation (

Boating safety 101

Memorial Day is the traditional start of recreation season on TVA lakes and lands. That means busy lakes. TVA encourages you to get out and enjoy your holiday on the water—safely!
Boating Safety 101 (

Boone is booming again

After its long repair project, the Boone Dam area has reopened to the public in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Find out more here.
Boone Dam Project (

Two TVA scientists recognized for pollinator documentary

“Power for Pollinators” showcases the commitment and effort of North American electric power companies to conserve pollinator species and habitat. Watch the film and attend a party! Details here.
Two TVA Scientists Recognized for Pollinator Documentary

Watershed Representative Levi Yancey: No magic, just hard work

Did you ever wonder how TVA lands stay clean? Many of Levi Yancey’s projects include contracting with various counties to remove trash and litter monthly from TVA property. It’s a cost-effective way of helping to keep those areas clean for you to enjoy.
Shoreline Permits (

Be a scientist for a day – and bring the kids!

The astonishing world of nature and its many species is getting more connected around the globe – and you can be part of it. Join us in documenting existing species and looking for new ones at a BioBlitz event!
You, Naturalist (

Camp-Right Campgrounds

So you’ve decided to start camping, but you’re searching for establishments that take good care of the Valley’s resources. TVA CampRight Campgrounds take part in energy and water conservation, wildlife enhancement, education and more.  Discover the Valley’s environmentally friendly campgrounds here.

Tennessee RiverLine

Tennessee RiverLine (TNRL) paddle events are in full swing. Thanks to TNRL River Communities, the paddling calendar is filling up fast. At these events, first-time paddlers often have opportunities to sign out kayaks and safety gear, and learn the basics at little or no charge. Hurry, these slots fill up fast!

Explore TRV

In the Tennessee Valley, communities celebrate everything from the inspiring story of Helen Keller to the nation’s first 911 call. Children who love history and the outdoors are celebrated at Jr. Ranger Camp.  And at a planetarium located between two, storied bodies of water, they celebrate the night sky. Visit Explore TRV and celebrate the Valley.

TVA Clean Marinas

There’s a certain feeling at a TVA Clean Marina. Along with selling fuel and snacks, the folks there are interested in sound environmental practices, like keeping gas out of the water and preventing erosion. Click here to discover the marinas on TVA reservoirs that take pride in good stewardship, and choose a TVA Clean Marina. It makes a difference!

The Wayback Machine

The breeze in your face and the cool mist of water—that’s what boating season is about. Here, boaters enjoy a pretty day on Watts Bar Lake in May, 1960.

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
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