Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Fort Loudoun Reservoir is one of eight reservoirs included in the Multiple RLMPs project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors on August 23, 2017.
Fort Loudoun Reservoir is an impoundment of the Tennessee River formed by Fort Loudoun Dam, which is located at Tennessee River mile 602.3. Fort Loudoun Reservoir is situated in Blount, Knox, and Loudon counties in east Tennessee.
Fort Loudoun is a popular recreation destination, known for bass fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing bald eagles and a variety of waterbirds, including herons, gulls, and osprey.
The scope of the Fort Loudoun Reservoir Land Management Plan (RLMP) is 1,513.3 acres of TVA public land. The Fort Loudoun RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir, and descriptions of each parcel of land. The reservoir property is divided into parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land use within each land planning zone are available here.
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note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written; some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.
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After approval of an RLMP by TVA, all future uses of TVA public lands on that reservoir must then be consistent with the allocations within the RLMP. In accordance with TVA policies and guidelines, allocation changes are only allowable under limited circumstances. The attachment at the link below describes the land use allocation changes that have occurred on Fort Loudoun Reservoir since the 2017 RLMP was completed.
TVA land around Fort Loudoun Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below.
|Zone 2||Project Operations||454.2|
|Zone 3||Sensitive Resource Management||59.6|
|Zone 4||Natural Resource Conservation||317.4|
|Zone 6||Developed Recreation||590.8|
|Zone 7||Shoreline Access||57.8|
*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 the proposed development or activity on TVA public land.