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TVA Announces 2013 Campground Season

February 28, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― Tennessee Valley Authority seasonal campgrounds will open for the 2013 recreation season on Friday, March 15.

“As part of TVA’s mission, the agency provides recreation opportunities across the Tennessee Valley region,” said James Adams, TVA senior manager for commercial and public recreation. “Visitors using TVA-managed recreation facilities, or the hundreds of campgrounds and marinas run by commercial and public operators, significantly contribute to local economies through regional tourism spending.”

TVA operates more than 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps. TVA-managed campgrounds hosted 61,883 overnight stays in 2012.

The 2013 season for most TVA-managed campgrounds runs through Nov. 18. Two sites will remain open nearly a month longer through Dec. 16: Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground and Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground. TVA campgrounds that will open on March 15 are:

  • Cherokee Dam - Cherokee Reservoir in Jefferson City, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Headwater - Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Tailwater - Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Foster Falls - near Sequatchie, Tenn.
  • Melton Hill Dam - Melton Hill Reservoir near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Pickwick Dam Tailwater - Pickwick Reservoir near Savannah, Tenn.
  • Watauga Dam Tailwater - Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Wilson Dam Rockpile - Wilson Reservoir near Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Barton Springs campground on Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn. and Mallard Creek campground on Wheeler Reservoir in Hillsboro, Ala., will no longer be managed by TVA and will likely open in early May by a commercial operator.  Loyston Point campground on Norris Reservoir near Andersonville, Tenn., has been managed by a commercial operator since 2011.         

Campground opening times and additional information including fees and passes are available by calling 800-882-5263 or visiting

Camping with campfires is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, imported firewood can introduce insects that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that is cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Media Contact

Travis Brickey, Knoxville, 865-632-626341
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
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