Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Chatuge Reservoir is one of nine tributary reservoirs included in the Mountain RLMPs project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in November 2009.
Chatuge Reservoir is a headwater reservoir with no upstream impoundments. Chatuge Dam, which is located 4.5 miles upstream from Hayesville, North Carolina and 2.5 mile downstream from the North Carolina-Georgia state line, is the access site for the Hiwassee River. Chatuge Reservoir is situated in Clay County, North Carolina and Towns County, Georgia.
A concrete weir below Chatuge Dam provides a steady flow of water in the riverbed and helps maintain oxygen levels for aquatic life. Wade fishing is popular here because food for the fish is abundant. Chatuge Dam Reservation has a paved 3-mile walking and biking trail that provides great views of the mountains and lake.
The scope of the Chatuge RLMP is 1,765.1 acres of the 6,273.0 total acres of TVA public land in the Mountain RLMP. Chatuge Reservoir property is divided into 110 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:
TVA land around Chatuge 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.