Ocoee No. 1 + Parksville Reservoir
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.
No.1/Parksville: Facts + Figures
- Construction of Ocoee Dam No. 1, which forms Parksville Reservoir, began in 1910 and was completed in 1911.
- The dam is 135 feet high and stretches 840 feet across the Ocoee River.
- Ocoee Dam No. 1 is a hydroelectric facility. It has five generating units with a summer net dependable capacity of 24 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
- Parksville Lake has 47 miles of shoreline and 1,930 acres of water surface.
- The reservoir fluctuates about nine feet from summer to winter and has a flood storage capacity of 19,000 acre-feet.
- Find Ocoee Dam No. 1 at 1988 TN Hwy. 64 E., Benton, Tenn.
More Information on Parksville Reservoir
The Unified Development of the Tennessee River plan
stressed TVA was to provide flood control, navigation and electricity for the region. TVA’s dams are tangible evidence of its primary mission: improving life in the Tennessee Valley. We’re celebrating the plan with an in-depth look at 32 of the dams it comprises.
The Global View
By the time TVA set out to reclaim the environmentally devastated Copper Basin—near Ocoee Dam No. 1—the area was so barren the scar on the earth could be seen from outer space. Read about the amazing restoration efforts.
Kayaking, rafting and trout fishing—all activities that you can do in the tailwaters below TVA dams—are growing in popularity. Find out more about how you can “go with the flow” and get involved with these fun sports.