Rock Island State Park Recreation Easement - Draft Environmental Assessment

Warren and White Counties, Tennessee

The State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has requested a 40-year term recreation easement over 367 acres of TVA-managed public lands for the purposes of public recreation, including up to 5 acres for commercial recreation. Since 1971, the lands have been managed by TDEC in conjunction with its management of the adjacent Rock Island State Park.  The land is located on Great Falls Reservoir in Warren County, Tennessee and along the Caney Fork River in Warren and White County, Tennessee.

There are three main aspects of the proposal:

  • Establishing a 40-year agreement allowing management of the TVA lands by TDEC, including maintenance actions on existing facilities;
  • Restoration and use of an historical mill for commercial use within a five-acre area and the associated access improvements (e.g., parking); and
  • TVA would issue a separate easement to the State of Tennessee allowing the Department of Transportation (TDOT) to reroute a portion of the state highway (SR 287) away from the historical mill location for better development of the property and to improve access. 

In considering the request, TVA seeks the appropriate management of its reservoir lands in a manner that maintains the quality of life and other important values. The past and current agreement with TDEC for managing TVA’s parcels at Great Falls has ensured that the area is actively managed to benefit the public. TVA’s interest in considering this proposal also arises from its commitment to improve the area’s economic base and support sustainable economic growth and to provide for public infrastructure needs. 

The proposed action is also consistent with TVA’s land use plan for the area. Completed in 2017, the Great Falls Reservoir Land Management Plan reflects TVA’s preference to continue to manage these parcels for recreation use and meets TVA’s objective to provide the public with quality, affordable public outdoor recreation opportunities.

Environmental Review

On May 14, 2018, TVA released a draft environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed easement for public comment.  The comment period closed on June 18, 2018. TVA is currently reviewing the comments received during the comment period and will incorporate them into the final assessment.


For more information, contact the TVA Public Land Information Center by phone at (800) 882-5263, or by mail to the following address:
Tennessee Valley Authority
c/o Lesley M. White
2835-A East Wood Street
Paris, Tennessee 38242

For more information on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process or to request an electronic or printed copy of the documents, contact:
W. Douglas White
NEPA Program and Valley Projects
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

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For more information about the environmental review contact:

Doug White
NEPA Specialist
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902