Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
The Ocoee Reservoirs comprise one of nine tributary reservoirs included in the Mountain RLMPs project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in November 2009.
The Ocoees are a complex combination of dams, reservoirs, water diversion systems, and powerhouses. Ocoee 1 Reservoir, commonly known as Parksville Reservoir, is located 16 miles east of Cleveland, Tennessee. Ocoee 2 Reservoir is located 12.3 miles upstream from Ocoee 1 Dam and 5 miles downstream from Ocoee 3 Reservoir. Ocoee 3 Reservoir is located approximately 5 miles upstream from Ocoee 2 Dam. The Ocoee Reservoirs are situated in Polk County in east Tennessee
Ocoee 1 Reservoir is formed by Ocoee 1 Dam, and located on the Ocoee River. Ocoee 1 is the oldest dam and reservoir in the TVA system. Ocoee 1 Reservoir is a great spot for boating, fishing and canoeing. The Ocoee River has been designated a world-class recreation area and is one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the United States. Ocoee 2 Dam diverts water into a wooden flume which carries water five miles downstream to the powerhouse. When not generating, the water is directed into the riverbed creating whitewater rapids. Ocoee 3 Dam is the only dam on the river built by TVA. A section of the river below Ocoee 3 was the location for whitewater rafting events during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
The scope of the Ocoees RLMP is 375.3 acres of the 6,273.0 total acres of TVA public land in the Mountain RLMP. The Ocoees reservoir property is divided into 39 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.
Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:
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TVA land around the Ocoee Reservoirs has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below.
Sensitive Resource Management
Natural Resource Conservation
*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 proposed development or activity on TVA public land.