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Greetings, River Neighbors!

Spring is surely a welcome time for all of us.  At TVA, we had a busy February monitoring heavy rainfall and managing water flows. We’ve been busy doing maintenance, tree removal and other tasks in the winter months, preparing for the arrival of our peak season.

TVA’s managed campgrounds are now open and we invite you to plan a trip there for some much-needed outdoor time. And if camping is on your agenda, we invite you to learn about our selected Camp-Right Campgrounds, which have earned that designation by their earth-friendly policies.

Whether you plan to camp, hike, bike, swim, fish, raft or paddle, we’ve got the information you need to plan your trip. Start right here on our Recreation page and make it a memorable summer.

After two years off due to COVID restrictions, we will be holding our beloved Wildflower Walks again this spring near Norris Dam. It’s going to be great to gather in person again and enjoy the beauty of the Tennessee Valley. There are also quite a few cleanups back on the agenda this year, and if you’re tired of being indoors, please consider volunteering to help at one of these cleanups—we need you. It’s a great way to get outdoors while doing something great for your community.

When you’re out there enjoying time on TVA land and water, don’t forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #TVAfun. Enjoy the spring!

Allen Clare
VP, TVA River & Resources Stewardship


TVA campgrounds are open for business

Did you hear that cheer on March 15th? That was the sound of campers celebrating the reopening of the Big Six TVA campgrounds located on dam reservations in the Tennessee Valley. Thanks to their environmentally responsible practices, The Big Six and many state park and privately-owned campgrounds are certified as Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds.
TVA Campgrounds Open for the Season


Tiptoe through the tulips… and other beautiful flowers

Lace up your hiking shoes and walk among the wildflowers! Norris is holding its popular Wildflower Walks again at Norris Dam on Saturday, March 26 and April 2. The guided walks will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT each Saturday at the River Bluff Small Wild Area located along the Clinch River west of Norris Dam. The walks are free and require no reservation. The trail is a moderately difficult, 3.4-mile loop and is known for a spectacular array of spring wildflowers, including yellow trout lilies, celandine poppies, bloodroot, spring beauties and toothwort.

26a Permitting – A day in the life of Ken Weisz

Most everyone loves the water, but without proper care, the Valley’s reservoirs and streams could be loved to death. The TVA Act provides special guidelines to evaluate proposed shoreline construction projects. Learn how Watershed Representative Ken Weisz uses Section 26a guidelines to support access to public lands and waters today while protecting the Tennessee Valley’s natural resources for future generations.
Ken Weisz - A Day in the Life of a Watershed Representative (

Engineer of the Year

It’s a big year for Boone Dam, which is scheduled to return to full service this spring. Chris Saucier, who has served the past five years as technical director of the Boone Dam Remediation Project, is this year’s winner of the 40th Annual Ike Zeringue Engineering Award, TVA’s highest honor.
He’s served the last five years as technical director at the Boone Dam Remediation Project—including construction of an internal cut-off wall—skillfully juggling the tasks that needed to be done while keeping his cross-functional 60-member team engaged and working toward common goals.
Chris Saucier Named TVA Engineer of the Year

Surprise! An unexpected bat-friend

A return to pandemic-paused field work led a group of TVA terrestrial zoologists to an unexpected discovery. While doing a cave survey near Norris Reservoir, the scientists observed a friend they hadn’t seen in years – a northern long-eared bat. This species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Endangered Bat Makes Reappearance During TVA Cave Survey

Be a scientist for a day

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 (

Come join us for an Earth Day event—we need you!

Want to make a difference to the Tennessee Valley region? Volunteer at TVA and be part of our mission of service.
Volunteering at TVA

The birds are back! Here are places to see them

Migrating birds are returning to the Valley, looking for mates and beginning to nest. Visit our page where you can find a whole collection of tips, tricks and information to spot beautiful birds, even in your own back yard.
Birdwatching (

Tennessee RiverLine

Discover more about Tennessee RiverLine (TNRL) with recorded presentations from the 2022 virtual summit. Enjoy 1300 Miles in the Footsteps of the Cherokee, A Hero’s Journey – Reflections, Insights from a 652-mile trip on the Tennessee RiverLine, and more. Love the outdoors? You’ll love these videos.
 Tennessee RiverLine

Explore TRV - Let's Go

Is spring tempting you with sunshine, wildflowers, and festivals? Click on Explore TRV, a map guide to fun in the Tennessee Valley. Explore Knoxville’s international street fair that celebrates the arts, or the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur. And don’t miss the Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Festival at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Humphreys County. Let’s go!

Clean Marinas protect the water—and you

There was a time when oil and gas spills at marinas were commonplace, but marinas have come a long way towards protecting one of the Valley’s most valuable resources, WATER!  Thanks in part to the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina initiative, many marinas are going beyond local state guidelines to help make the water we play in and drink, safer for everyone.

The Wayback Machine

There’s nothing like camping in the great outdoors! For decades, campers have loved pitching a tent on TVA public land. This family is camping at Wheeler in 1959.

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.

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