Parksville Reservoir, located in southeast Tennessee, is formed by Ocoee Dam No. 1. Completed in 1911, the dam was among the first hydroelectric projects in the region. It was acquired by TVA in 1939.
Ocoee No. 1 is the first of three TVA dams on the Ocoee River. Together they form an integral part of TVA’s hydroelectric system and provide important recreation benefits.
The Ocoee, one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the country, was the whitewater venue for the 1996 Olympics. In 1993, TVA built a 300- by 30-foot model of a section of the river to guide the U.S. Forest Service in constructing the Olympic whitewater course. (This model is located near Ocoee Dam No. 1.)
The river is open to public rafting; a number of commercial outfitters supply equipment and organize whitewater rafting trips on the Ocoee River. The U.S. Forest Service operates campgrounds on Parksville Reservoir in the beautiful Cherokee National Forest, and visitors can also stay at a commercially run inn on the reservoir.