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Little Bear Creek

Little Bear 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.

Little Bear 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.

Little Bear Creek Dam is located on Little Bear Creek at river mile 11.6, approximately 27 miles southwest of Sheffield and 15 miles west of Russellville, Alabama. Little Bear Creek Reservoir is situated entirely in Franklin County in northwestern 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 Little Bear Creek Reservoir is 1,180.4 acres of the 9,178.2 total acres of TVA public land in the Bear Creek RLMP. The Little Bear Creek section contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Little Bear Creek reservoir property is divided into 38 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 the Little Bear Creek 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.

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.