Bear Creek Reservoir Land Management Plan
Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Bear Creek Reservoir is one of four tributary reservoirs included in the Bear Creek Reservoirs LMP project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in March 2001.
Bear Creek Dam, one of four small dams located in northwestern Alabama, is found at Bear Creek River mile 74.6 in Franklin County, Alabama, roughly 30 miles southwest of Sheffield, 30 miles southwest of Muscle Shoals, and 10 miles southeast of Red Bay. The Bear Creek System of dams were built to provide flood control, water supply and recreation opportunities in the area.
The Bear Creek area is popular with all types of boaters, especially canoeists and kayakers. The Bear Creek Floatway, which flows into Bear Creek Reservoir, is a popular spot for teaching first-timers to negotiate rapids and work with the current. Below Bear Creek Dam, the Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail provides a more leisurely float running a total of 34 miles down the creek and all the way to Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee River. The scenic area is also popular for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching and sightseeing.
The scope of Bear Creek Reservoir is 2,295.6 acres of the 9,178.2 total acres of TVA public land in the Bear Creek RLMP. The Bear Creek section contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Bear Creek reservoir property is divided into seven parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land uses within each land planning zone are available here.
Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below: (PDF)
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Land Allocation Acreage
TVA land around Bear Creek Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below.
Sensitive Resource Management
Natural Resource Conservation
*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.
TVA’s land planning methodology incorporates the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made.
It is important to note that RLMPs are programmatic plans that designate potential allowable land uses as defined in the land use zone definitions and do not involve specific land actions. TVA would complete an appropriate site-specific environmental review prior to proposed development or activity on TVA public land.