Dogwood is one of eight reservoirs that provide flood damage reduction, recreational opportunities, and water supply in the Beech River watershed in West Tennessee. The others are Beech, Cedar, Lost Creek, Pin Oak, Pine, Redbud, and Sycamore.
The reservoirs are open to the public, providing opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing. Backpackers and hikers enjoy the adjacent lands.
Programs in the Beech River area for upland game management, restocking fish populations, constructing underwater fish attractors, and enhancing the habitat for resident Canada geese to ensure the quality and future of the outdoor experience.