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Nottely Reservoir

Nottely 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.

Nottely 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.

Nottely Reservoir is an impoundment of the Nottely River formed by Nottely Dam, which is located at Nottely River mile 21.0.  Nottely Reservoir is situated in Union County in northern Georgia near the border of North Carolina on the edge of the Tennessee River watershed within the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Nottely has a 2.6-mile moderate-to-difficult trail that is great for hiking and biking. The reservoir beach is a great spot for wildlife viewing.


The scope of the Nottely RLMP is 828.6 acres of the 6,273.0 total acres of TVA public land in the Mountain RLMP. Nottely Reservoir property is divided into 42 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note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written; some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.

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Allocation Changes

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 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 Nottely Reservoir since the 2009 Mountain RLMP was completed.

Nottely Allocation Changes (PDF)

Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Nottely 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.