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Developed Recreation Area Rules

Specific rules have been developed and are listed below for the following:

  • TVA Fee Campgrounds
  • TVA Day-Use Areas and Picnic Pavilions

These rules apply to most recreation areas. However, specific sites may warrant some modification of existing rules or establishment of additional rules to take into account unique site conditions. Modifications should be coordinated with the designated Commercial and Public Recreation representative prior to implementation.

The following additional guidelines apply to TVA fee campgrounds.

  1. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  2. Campsite fees are based on a limit of two camping units – only one of which may be a wheeled unit. For tent only campsites, there is a two tent limit per campsite. All campsites have a maximum limit of 10 people, including visitors.
  3. Exceptions To Two Camping Units per Site - Camping groups such as Boy or Girl Scout troops or other IRS designated non-profit groups using small-medium sized tents do not have to comply with the maximum 2 camping unit limit but must not exceed 10 people per campsite. For example, 2 or 3 tents should be allowed at individual sites for a fee of $17 without hookups, $22 for sites with water and/or electric hookups, or $26 for sites with water, electric, and sewer service. However, the rules allowing a maximum of 10 people per site would generally be followed under these circumstances unless campsites are available specifically intended to accommodate larger groups for group camping.
  4. The Rental Policy On Handicapped Accessible Campsites - Campsites that have been modified to meet accessibility standards shall be reserved for campers with physical disabilities that have been assigned a state-issued handicap tag or an America the Beautiful Access Pass or Golden Access Passport. An ADA license plate, handicap mirror tag, or Access Pass is required to occupy these sites. The individual who has been issued the license plate, mirror tag, pass, or passport must be in residence at the site. Documentation (America the Beautiful Access Pass, Passport, or tag receipt/vehicle registration and valid photo identification) must be available upon a TVA representative’s request.
  5. Long-Term (Seasonal) Campsite Rentals - Fees will be $330 per month for sites with water and electric hookups. Long-term seasonal campsites are initially assigned through the lottery process. No waterfront or accessible campsites within Cherokee Campground will be made available for seasonal rental.
  6. Firearms and Weapons - TVA campgrounds and boat launching ramps may receive use by hunters during hunting season. While firearms and weapons are generally prohibited in these developed areas, possession of firearms and other weapons associated with in-season hunting excursions are permissible if they are unloaded and properly cased. Possession of firearms at TVA public ramps, associated roads, and parking areas are allowed if the possession complies with the law of the state where the boat ramp is located and is not otherwise prohibited by law.

TVA FEE CAMPGROUND RULES

TVA provides these facilities for your convenience and enjoyment. Successful operation of this area depends upon your cooperation and compliance with the following rules and guidelines. You may be requested to leave the campground (without a refund) if you fail to comply with these rules. Additionally, your camping privileges may be revoked for the duration of the camping season if you fail to comply with these rules.

A. FEES

  1. Campsite fees are: $17 per night for a basic campsite; $22 per night for a campsite with water and electric; and $26 per night for a campsite with water, electric and sewer. Note: Only two camping units allowed per campsite – only one of which may be a wheeled unit. 50% discounts for senior citizens and people with disabilities are honored for campers with federal discount cards.

  2. Tent only campsite fees: As of May 1, 2013, TVA began offering a new fee for the tent campsites. Tent camping fees are: $10 per night for a basic tent campsite; and $12 per night for a tent campsite with electricity. For tent only campsites, there is a two tent limit per campsite. Half of the basic campsites at Foster Falls Campground and Wilson Dam Rockpile Campground will be $10 when occupied solely by a tent camping party with not more than one tent. 50% discounts for senior citizens and people with disabilities are honored for campers with federal discount cards.

  3. Long-term fees at Cherokee Dam Campground are $330 per month for sites with water and electric hookups. Federal discount cards do not apply to long-term campsite fees.

  4. The Rental Policy On Handicapped Accessible Campsites - A state-issued ADA license plate, mirror tag, or Access Pass is required to occupy these sites. 50% discounts for senior citizens and people with disabilities are honored for campers with federal discount cards. The individual who has been issued the license plate, mirror tag, or federal discount card must be in residence at the site. Documentation (America the Beautiful Access Pass, Passport, or tag receipt/vehicle registration and valid photo identification) must be available upon a TVA representative’s request.

  5. Unattended camping units, vehicles, and equipment may not be left overnight unless fees are paid for all nights the site will be unattended. Rented campsites must have a camping unit or other obvious camping equipment present to show site is taken.

  6. Camping in a fee area without payment of designated fee is prohibited.

  7. Discounts for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities

    If you are 62 years of age or older, you are eligible to purchase the America the Beautiful Senior Pass for $10. If you are permanently disabled, you are eligible for an America the Beautiful Access Pass (free). TVA will honor the America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes but does not issue them. They can be purchased online at http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm or by calling a local federal land management office (e.g. National Park Service, US Forest Service, or US Army Corps of Engineers). In addition, TVA honors the Golden Age and Access Passports. All four entitle you to a 50-percent discount on user fees at federal recreation areas, including TVA camping areas. The discount does not apply to long-term camping fees, which require payment 30-days in advance.

B. CAMPING EQUIPMENT

  1. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  2. Camping is permitted at designated (numbered) sites only. No more than two camping units of which only one may be a wheeled or mobile camping unit are allowed per campsite. A camping unit means and includes tents, tent trailers, travel trailers, camping trailers, pick-up campers, motor homes or any other device or vehicular-type structure as may be developed, marketed, and used by the camping trade for use as a temporary living quarters or shelter during periods of recreation, vacation, leisure time, or travel. A maximum of 10 people, including visitors, are allowed per campsite. For tent only campsites, there is a one tent limit.

  3. Camping groups such as Boy or Girl Scout troops or other IRS designated non-profit groups using small-medium sized tents do not have to comply with the maximum 2 camping unit limit but must not exceed 10 people per campsite. For example, 2 to 5 tents should be allowed at individual campsites for a fee of $17 without hookups, $22 for sites with water and electric hookups, or $26 for sites with water, electric, and sewer service. The rules allowing a maximum of 10 people per site would generally be followed under these circumstances unless campsites are available specifically intended to accommodate larger groups for group camping.

  4. A maximum of three vehicles may park at each campsite. Boat trailers and wheeled camping units are counted as vehicles as are automobiles and motorcycles. Parked vehicles must not hinder traffic flow, cause safety hazards, or site damage.

  5. TVA is not responsible for loss or damage of equipment. Vehicles and equipment must be completely removed from site upon departure.

C. LENGTH OF STAY

  1. Limited Stay Campgrounds

    Douglas Dam Headwater, Douglas Dam Tailwater, Foster Falls, Melton Hill Dam, Pickwick Dam, Wilson Dam Rockpile, and Watauga Dam Campgrounds restrict occupancy at all camping sites to 21 consecutive days or less.

    Off Season (Opening Day through First Monday in May and First Tuesday in October through Closing Day): After occupying a limited stay campsite for any amount of time not to exceed 21 days, the registered camper and camping unit may move to any other available campsite.Neither the registered camper nor camping unit may reoccupy a campsite previously occupied by the registered camper or camping unit during the current calendar year.

    In Season (First Tuesday in May through First Monday in October): After occupying a limited stay campsite for any amount of time (not to exceed 21 consecutive days), the registered camper and camping unit must leave the campground for at least 14 days. Neither the registered camper nor camping unit may reoccupy a campsite previously occupied by the registered camper or camping unit during the current calendar year.

  2. Dual Length of Stay Campgrounds

    Cherokee Dam Campground supplies both limited stay and long-term/seasonal sites. It is divided into two zones: Zone A includes waterfront, accessible, and other desirable campsites, and Zone B are the less desirable campsites (e.g., non-waterfront). Occupancy cannot exceed 21 consecutive days at a Zone A campsite, while Zone B campsites are available for long-term, seasonal occupancy. The initial assignment of Zone B sites is by a lottery process.

    Off Season (Opening Day through First Monday in May and First Tuesday in October through Closing Day): After occupying a Zone A campsite for any amount of time not to exceed 21 days, the camper and camping unit may move to any other available campsite in Zone A or B.

    In Season (First Tuesday in May through First Monday in October): After occupying a Zone A campsite for any amount of time, (not to exceed 21 consecutive days) the registered camper and camping unit must do one of the following before returning to any other available campsite in Zone A

    a. Move to a site in Zone B for at least 14 days.
    b. Leave the campground for at least 14 days.

    However, neither the registered camper nor camping unit may reoccupy a Zone A campsite previously occupied by the registered camper or camping unit during the calendar year (i.e., they cannot return to the same campsite). Campers in Zone B may move to any other available campsite in Zone A or B without leaving the campground.

D. PETS

  1. Under no circumstances should more than two pets may be kept per occupied campsite.
  2. Pets must be penned, caged, or leashed to restrict them to the campsite of the owner or on the roads and trails at the campground. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, at all times when not penned or caged.
  3. Pets are prohibited on beaches, adjacent sunbathing areas, in picnic areas, inside bathrooms, or in any building.
  4. Persons bringing pets are responsible for proper removal and disposal of any waste produced by the pets.
  5. Under no circumstances should pets be left unattended at campsites. Animals must accompany their owner when the owner leaves the campground.
  6. Animals considered dangerous or are a nuisance are not permitted.

    Review the Department of Justice’s Commonly Asked Questions regarding service animal access and 2010 Revised ADA Requirements for service animals for more information.

E. CAMPING BEHAVOIR

  1. FIREWORKS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED.
  2. FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND REGULATIONS

    TVA campgrounds may receive use by hunters during hunting season. While firearms and weapons are generally prohibited, possession of firearms and other weapons associated with in-season hunting excursions are permissible if they are unloaded and properly cased. Possession of firearms at TVA public boat ramps (and associated roads and parking areas when used in conjunction with a boat ramp) is allowed if the possession complies with the law of the state where the boat ramp is located and is not otherwise prohibited by law. Otherwise firearms and weapons are prohibited.
  3. The registered camper is responsible for the conduct of his/her visitors.
  4. Quiet hours are observed from 10pm to 6am. Disruptive campers may be asked to vacate the campground without reimbursement. Additionally, your camping privileges may be revoked for the duration of the camping season if you fail to comply.
  5. The operation or use of any noise-producing device in such a manner as to unreasonably disturb, annoy, or endanger persons is prohibited.
  6. Motorized recreational vehicles must have a valid state registration, a licensed operator, and be operated in a safe manner. They shall only be used on designated roadways and for the purpose of transportation into and out of the area. Motorized scooters are only allowed for those individuals with mobility impairment. Golf carts are permitted for use by TVA authorized personnel only in order fulfill duties and are restricted to designated roadways in the campground.
  7. Smoking, washing dishes, and washing laundry in bathrooms is prohibited.
  8. Anyone who is not camping is a day-user. Day-use hours are 6am to 10pm. Day-users are not allowed between 10pm and 6am.
  9. Observe the posted speed limit throughout the campground and adjacent day-use areas - watch for children!
  10. REPORT ALL DISTURBANCES TO TVA SECURITY AT 1-800-824-3861or CALL the local SHERIFF’s OFFICE in case of an emergency.


F. GENERAL

  1. Observe all posted signs and rules.
  2. Place all garbage and refuse in trash cans or dumpsters.
  3. Fires shall be confined to metal fire rings, fireplaces, grills, or existing rock rings. Constructing new rock rings is prohibited.
  4. Hang lanterns on lantern hangers or place on table. Hanging lanterns on trees is prohibited. The heat from the lantern will eventually kill the tree.
  5. Do not cut, damage, pull up, or drive nails into trees or shrubs. Remove clothes lines prior to departure.
  6. No vehicle maintenance in the campground (i.e., no changing oil, servicing brakes, no washing vehicles, etc.)
  7. Do not alter electrical or water outlets. Connecting more than one plug per outlet is not allowed.
  8. All appliances should be kept inside the camping unit (e.g., no freezers or refrigerators outside the camping unit).
  9. Satellite dishes, power cords, and pet cages/pens must remain within the impact zone of the campsite.
  10. Dumping waste or "gray" water onto the ground is prohibited.
  11. Confine fish cleaning waste disposal to areas and methods that do not impair water, produce offensive odors, or attract unwanted animals.
  12. Commercial use or operations are prohibited.
  13. Bicycle, skateboard, or scooter riding is prohibited from dusk to dawn. Safety helmets should be worn for these activities; state helmet laws apply.
  14. Outside lights should be turned off when leaving the campground and when retiring for the night.
  15. No washing RVs or boats in the campground.
  16. No out-of-county firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground.

TVA DAY-USE AREA AND PICNIC PAVILION RULES

TVA provides these facilities for your convenience and enjoyment.TVA offers group picnic pavilions at some of its recreation sites. Pavilions use is free of charge and is available on a first-come basis each day. Pavilions can no longer be reserved in advance. Successful operation of these areas depends upon your cooperation and compliance with the following rules.

  1. Observe all posted signs and rules.
  2. Facilities, including picnic pavilions, are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 6am - 10pm daily.
  3. Parked vehicles must not hinder traffic flow or cause safety hazards or site damage. Park in designated parking areas only.
  4. All vehicles and equipment must be completely removed from area upon departure.
  5. Camping and overnight use are prohibited.
  6. Commercial use or operations are prohibited.
  7. Confine fish cleaning waste disposal to areas and methods that do not impair water, produce offensive odors, or attract unwanted animals.
  8. Place all garbage and refuse in trash cans or dumpsters.
  9. Fires shall be confined to metal fire rings, fireplaces, grills, or existing rock rings. Constructing new rock rings is prohibited.
  10. Do not cut, damage, pull up, or drive nails into trees or shrubs.
  11. FIREWORKS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED.
  12. FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND REGULATIONS
    TVA campgrounds may receive use by hunters during hunting season. While firearms and weapons are generally prohibited, possession of firearms and other weapons associated with in-season hunting excursions are permissible if they are unloaded and properly cased. Possession of firearms at TVA public boat ramps (and associated roads and parking areas when used in conjunction with a boat ramp) is allowed if the possession complies with the law of the state where the boat ramp is located and is not otherwise prohibited by law. Otherwise firearms and weapons are prohibited.
  13. Smoking, washing dishes, and washing laundry in bathrooms is prohibited.
  14. The operation or use of any noise-producing device in such a manner as to unreasonably disturb, annoy, or endanger persons is prohibited.
  15. Motorized recreational vehicles must have a valid state registration, a licensed operator, and be operated in a safe manner. They shall only be used on designated roadways and for the purpose of transportation into and out of the area. Motorized scooters are only allowed for those individuals with mobility impairment.
  16. Pets must be penned, caged, or on a leash no longer than 6 feet, at all times.
  17. Pets are prohibited on beaches, adjacent sunbathing areas, in picnic areas, inside bathrooms, or in any building.
  18. Animals considered dangerous or are a nuisance are not permitted.

    Review the Department of Justice’s Commonly Asked Questions regarding service animal access and 2010 Revised ADA Requirements for service animals for more information.
  19. Bicycle, skateboard, or scooter riding is prohibited from dusk to dawn. Safety helmets should be worn for these activities; state helmet laws apply.
  20. Observe posted speed limits throughout the campground and adjacent day use areas - watch for children!
  21. REPORT ALL DISTURBANCES TO TVA SECURITY AT 1-800-824-3861or CALL the local SHERIFF’s OFFICE in case of an emergency.

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