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Chatuge Reservoir

Chatuge 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.

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.

Mountain 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note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written; some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.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 Chatuge 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.

Mountain 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.