Recreation Nation

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the amazing recreational assets available to the American public. Here’s how you can get involved this year!

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Bees and Butterflies Find New, Native Habitat

Pollinators — beautiful, important links in our food chain — find themselves welcome at the Collins River Prairie, a peaceful oasis beneath power lines in Middle Tennessee.

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Saving America’s Great Southern Grasslands

Prior to the 1930s, the Southeast was a home to extensive grasslands, the loss of of which is a threat to biodiversity. Learn about a new partnership to study and expand Southern grasslands.

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Check Lake Levels

Stay informed with everything you need to know to enjoy time on your favorite lake, including the most up-to-date information about lake levels, releases at TVA dams, lake operating guides, precipitation, fish population survey results and more.


Part of TVA’s mission is to make life better for the people of the Tennessee Valley, and we do that through maintaining beautiful reservoirs, campgrounds, trails, whitewater streams and 293,000 acres of developed and undeveloped lands for you to play on.

Get a Dock (26a) Permit

Are you building a dock, pier or other kind of shoreline construction project? Make sure you obtain the proper permit. It’s easy to get your online application process started now. Plus, learn more about Section 26a and what kinds of construction the law includes.

Our Environmental Stewardship

We are committed to clean air and a clean water supply for our region, as well as historical, cultural and environmental protection. That means we take great care of our 293,000 acres of land and 11,000 miles of shoreline.

Environmental Policy

TVA’s overarching Environmental Policy is to produce clean, reliable and affordable power, support sustainable economic growth in the Tennessee Valley and promote proactive environmental sustainability in a balanced and ecologically sound manner.

Managing the Tennessee River for Multiple Benefits

Though the system of dams in the Tennessee Valley was originally designed primarily for navigation, flood control and power production, today it is managed for additional benefits including water supply, water quality and recreation.

Coal Ash / CCR

TVA is committed to taking care of coal combustion residuals (CCR) at its current and former coal plants in the most responsible and environmentally friendly way.

Learn more about CCR.

Lake Info App

Want your lake info to go? Download the TVA Lake Info app, an easy-to-use resource for operating on and around reservoirs and dams in the TVA region. Available for iPhone and Android devices.


TVA’s 2019 Stewardship Book

We’re excited to share look into our master list of projects for this year. Check them out now!


Summer is here, which means it’s prime time for fun on the Tennessee Valley’s lands and waters. Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out some of the best recreational activities on our reservoirs. While you’re enjoying the lakes, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds, share your own stories and photos on Instagram using #TVAfun to enter our annual photo contest. You could win great fun-centric prizes!

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