TVA and the USFS are closing access to the Cane Creek Ramp through spring of 2020 to prevent damage caused by unauthorized motorized vehicles during the seasonal reservoir drawdown. Boaters may use the Town of Murphy Ramp and Payne’s Street Boat Ramp. For more information, please contact the Public Land Information Center at 800-882-5263 or [email protected].
Surrounded by the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests, the Hiwassee Reservoir on the Hiwassee River serves as a rich habitat for deer, wild turkey and other animals.
The deep, beautiful Hiwassee Reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 205,600 acre-feet. It has two generating units with a net dependable capacity of 194 megawatts. It is surrounded by the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests.
Hiwassee Reservoir is located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina, stretching 22 miles northwest to southeast. It is immediately upstream from Apalachia Reservoir, which features a day-use park that provides access to boating, fishing and paths for exploring the Hiwassee Reservoir and its tributaries.
The Hiwassee Reservoir is exceptionally beautiful and well suited for canoeing, rafting and learning the basics of whitewater boating. The flow of water in the reservoir comes from deep below the surface and is chilly, even in the summer.