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Cherokee Dam

TVA manages the Tennessee River system and its tributaries to maximize its many benefits. They keep reservoirs full as possible during the summer for recreation, while also providing flood control, navigation, water supply and quality and low-cost power generation.
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Cherokee

Cherokee was built to generate hydroelectric power during the World War II emergency, but it also plays an important role as one of the chain of TVA-managed reservoirs that have prevented billions of dollars in flood damage over the years.

Cherokee Dam is on the Holston River in East Tennessee, 52 miles upstream from the point at which the Holston and French Broad rivers converge to form the Tennessee River.

Cherokee Reservoir is named for the tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited the area. The great Indian warpath, once followed by Daniel Boone, crossed the basin now filled by the reservoir.

Cherokee Reservoir is a popular recreation destination. Along its shoreline are public access areas, county and municipal parks, commercial boat docks and resorts, a state park and a state wildlife management area. There are many tent and trailer sites for campers.

Fishing is popular at Cherokee. The reservoir’s fish population is very similar to that found in other East Tennessee reservoirs—black bass, sauger, walleye, crappie, various sunfish and the usual rough-fish species.

Cherokee was built to generate hydroelectric power during the World War II emergency, but it also plays an important role as one of the chain of TVA-managed reservoirs that have prevented billions of dollars in flood damage over the years.

Cherokee: Facts + Figures

·         Construction of Cherokee Dam began in Aug. 1, 1940, and was completed on a crash schedule on Dec. 5, 1941.

·         The reservoir has nearly 400 miles of winding shoreline and about 28,780 acres of water surface.

·         The dam is 175 feet high and stretches 6,760 feet, or well over a mile, from one end to the other.

·         In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Cherokee Reservoir varies about 30 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.

·         Cherokee has a flood-storage capacity of 749,400 acre-feet.

·         Cherokee Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 148 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.

·         Find Cherokee Dam at 450 Power House Rd., Rutledge, Tenn., 37861.

 

 

Local Marinas

Black Oak Marina
Black Oak Rd.
Jefferson City. 865-475-3063

Cedar Hill Dock
368 Boat Dock Rd.
Talbot. 865-673-8171

Fall Creek Marina and Campground
5656 Fall Creek Dock Rd.
Russellville. 423-581-4701

German Creek Marina
120 Muskogee Lane
Bean Station. 865-767-3505

Gilmore Dock
270 Gilmore Dock Ln.
Rutledge. 865-767-2177

Greenlee Campground and Dock
345 Vacation Way
Rutledge. 865-828-8501

Hamblen Boat Dock
3050 Boat Dock Rd
Morristown. 423-586-2939

Lakesidedockbuilders- 
Dave Miller.
125 Bluff Village Rd. 
Bean Station 865-993-5798

May Springs Boat Dock
379 May Springs Rd.,
Rutledge. 865-828-6174

Cardinal Cove Resort
10525 Cardinal Cove
Rutledge. 865-828-5300

WA-NI Village boat Dock
1220 WA-Ni Village Rd.
Rutledge. 865-828-5547