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Tims Ford Reservoir

Tims Ford Reservoir Land Management Plan

Note: TVA has initiated the public scoping comment period for a proposed revision of the Tims Ford Reservoir Land Management Plan. The public is invited to comment through August 9, 2024. Please visit the project website for more information.

Reservoir Land Management Plans (Plan) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. The Tims Ford Plan was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in August 2000.

Tim’s Ford Reservoir is an impoundment of the Elk River formed by Tim’s Ford Dam, which is located at Elk River mile 133.3. Tim’s Ford Reservoir is situated in Franklin and Moore counties in middle Tennessee.

The Tims Ford Blueway is a collection of paddle trails that meander through beautiful Tims Ford Reservoir and its tributaries in middle Tennessee. There are plenty of options to satisfy a family looking for a short day trip or individuals interested in a longer overnight camping trip.


TVA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) jointly prepared the Land Management and Disposition Plan involving 6,453.0 acres of both state and federally-owned properties on Tims Ford Reservoir. The Tims Ford Plan contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. The reservoir property is divided into 148 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.

Tims Ford Reservoir 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note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written; some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.

Please note that many tracts of land in the Tims Ford Reservoir Land Management Plan do not have parcel numbers or parcel descriptions.  These areas were planned with unique allocation types such as “Deeded Access Subdivisions” and “Parks (State and Local)” due to the partnership effort with TDEC.  However, these unique allocation types have been interpreted for the public’s convenience using TVA’s current allocation system.  Please use the “Download Maps” option to see the original map approved in 2000. 

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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 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 Tims Ford Reservoir since the 2000 RLMP was completed.

Tims Ford Reservoir Allocation Changes

Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Tims Ford 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 8

Conservation Partnership





*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.

Tims Ford Reservoir Environmental Review

It is important to note that Plans 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.