Douglas Dam

Douglas 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.

Douglas Reservoir is one of two reservoirs included in the Douglas-Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan (LMP) project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in November 2010.

Douglas Reservoir is an impoundment of the French Broad River formed by Douglas Dam, which is located at French Broad River mile 31.4-32.9. Douglas Reservoir is situated in Jefferson, Cocke, Sevier and Hamblen counties in east Tennessee.

Set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountain foothills of eastern Tennessee, Douglas Reservoir is a popular recreation destination, known for picnicking, camping, swimming, boating and fishing. Birdwatchers enjoy the fall migration of shorebirds, wading birds and other waterfowl that flock to Douglas from late July to early October.

Scope

The scope of the Douglas RLMP is 2,055 acres of the 3,191 total acres of TVA public land in the Douglas-Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs LMP. The Douglas RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Douglas Reservoir property is divided into 63 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.

Douglas Reservoir Land Management Plan

Maps

Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:

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Land Allocation Acreage

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

Allocation Designation*

 Acreage

Zone 2

Project Operations

 1,022.0

Zone 3

Sensitive Resource Management

   65.0

Zone 4

Natural Resource Conservation

828.0

Zone 5

Industrial

    0.0

Zone 6

Developed Recreation

127.0

Zone 7

Shoreline Access

  13.0

Total

         2,055.0

*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.

Douglas-Nolichucky 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.

Douglas Reservoir Facts

TVA Land: 2,055 acres
TVA Parcels: 63 parcels
Shoreline: 513 miles
Water Surface: 28,070 acres

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