Watauga 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.
Watauga Reservoir is one of seven tributary reservoirs included in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in June 2010.
Watauga Reservoir is an impoundment of the Watauga River formed by Watauga Dam, which is located at Tennessee River mile 36.7. Watauga Reservoir is situated in Carter County in northeastern Tennessee.
Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains, Watauga Reservoir is one of the most scenic in the Tennessee River watershed. A 1.5-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trial crosses Watauga Dam and the surrounding dam reservation. Wind-powered watercraft frequently enjoy the breezes in the middle of the lake.
The scope of the Watauga RLMP is 1,137.0 acres of the 4,932 total acres of TVA public land in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP. The Watauga RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Watauga Reservoir property is divided into 60 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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Land Allocation Acreage
TVA land around Watauga Reservoir 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.