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Cedar Creek

Cedar 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.

Cedar 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.

One of four small dams along Bear Creek, Cedar Creek Dam is located at Cedar Creek mile 23.1, and its associated reservoir is the largest of the four Bear Creek Reservoirs. Cedar Creek Reservoir is situated in Franklin County in northwest Alabama. 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 Cedar Creek Reservoir is 2,746.6 acres of the 9,178.2 total acres of TVA public land in the Bear Creek Reservoirs LMP. The Cedar Creek section contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Cedar Creek Reservoir property is divided into 57 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.

Bear Creek Reservoirs Land Management Plan


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.

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Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Cedar Creek Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below:

Allocation Designation*Acreage
Zone 2 Project Operations277.6
Zone 3 Sensitive Resource Management1,826.5
Zone 4 Natural Resource Conservation270.7
Zone 5 Industrial0.0
Zone 6 Developed Recreation227.4
Zone 7 Shoreline Access144.4

*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.

Bear Creek Reservoirs Environmental Review

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.