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Great Falls Reservoir

Photo of Great Falls dam with water flowing over spillways

Great Falls Dam is located about 75 miles southeast of Nashville on the Caney Fork River. It’s named for the falls that plunge into the Caney Fork a short distance below the dam. The dam was featured in The Specialist, a 1994 movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.

Great Falls Dam, completed in 1916 by the Tennessee Electric Power Company for the purpose of power generation, was bought by TVA in 1939.

The area surrounding Great Falls Reservoir is a scenic wilderness with numerous waterfalls, including the one that gives the reservoir its name. Whitewater rapids below the dam are world renowned for kayaking and canoeing and have been the site for national and international paddling events.

Nearby Rock Island State Park offers hiking, camping, swimming, and boating on Center Hill Lake. There is a boat ramp above the dam on Great Falls Reservoir, an old mill site on the river below the dam, and spectacular fishing in the scenic gorge of the Caney Fork River.

More information on Great Falls Reservoir

Operating guide

Daily reservoir operation information

Sportfish survey results

Sportfish ratings

Recreation facilities





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