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Boone 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.

Boone Reservoir is one of seven tributary reservoirs included in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in June 2010.

Boone Reservoir is an impoundment of the South Fork Holston River formed by Boone Dam, which is located 10 miles southeast of Kingsport, Tennessee, and 1.4 miles below the mouth of the Watauga River. Boone Reservoir is situated on the border between Sullivan and Washington counties in northeast Tennessee.

Boone Reservoir is a popular birding area and is included on Tennessee’s Wildlife Viewing Trail. In the winter, look for gulls, loons, grebes and bald eagles. Black-crowned night herons may be seen below the dam in the fall, and wild turkeys are often spotted in the fields. Otters are frequently seen in the river below the dam.


The scope of the Boone RLMP is 880 acres of the 4,932 total acres of TVA public land in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP. The Boone RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Boone Reservoir property is divided into 44 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.

Boone Reservoir Land Management Plan (PDF)


Use the GIS Viewer Map to find individual parcels and land use allocations for TVA reservoir property.  Click on individual parcels to find out more information about a piece of TVA property.  Please note that parcel descriptions are included in the interactive map viewer for convenience, but may have been altered from the original description due to character length restrictions.  Please reference the appropriate Reservoir Land Management Plan for the complete parcel descriptions.  Also, please note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written; some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.

Reservoir Land Management Plan Viewer

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How to Use the Viewer Map (PDF)

Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Boone Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below.

Allocation Designation*



Zone 2

Project Operations



Zone 3

Sensitive Resource Management



Zone 4

Natural Resource Conservation



Zone 5




Zone 6

Developed Recreation



Zone 7

Shoreline Access






*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.

Environmental Review

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.

Northeastern Tributary Reservoirs Environmental Review (PDF)

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.