TVA’s Boone Reservoir is located on the South Fork Holston River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir is named for frontiersman Daniel Boone, who played a major role in the history of the area.

Boone Dam is managed for a number of purposes including power production, flood damage reduction, recreation, water supply, water quality and aquatic ecology. The reservoir features a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp with a courtesy pier for safe, convenient boat launching and retrieval. Water skiing and fishing are popular pastimes at Boone.

Boone: Facts & Figures

  • Construction of Boone Dam began in 1950 and was completed in 1952.
  • The dam is 160 feet high and stretches 1,697 feet across the South Fork Holston River.
  • In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Boone Reservoir varies about 25 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.
  • The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 75,800 acre-feet.
  • Boone Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has three generating units with a summer net dependable capacity of 114 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
  • Find Boone Dam at 301 Boone Dam Rd., Kingsport, Tenn.

More Information on Boone Reservoir

Daily Lake Level

Operating Guide

Reservoir Health Ratings

Water Trail Guide