TVA Reopens Some Flood-Damaged Facilities for Independence Day Holiday
SAVANNAH, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is reopening sections of recreation facilities at Pickwick Dam that were damaged during February floods just in time for the Independence Day holiday. Additional damaged facilities at the Rockpile Recreation Area in Muscle Shoals, Ala. will also reopen on Wednesday, July 3, while repairs to other parts of the facility continue.
Loop C at the Pickwick Dam Campground will reopen for the remainder of the camping season while repairs continue on Loops A and B. Standard sites, five ADA sites with water and electric, and three primitive campsites with no hookups will be available, as well as temporary bathroom and shower facilities for campers. The only available entrance to Loop C is the western gate off Botel Lane.
Dump stations are still not available, but those with a blue waste dolly will be allowed to use an available sewer connection. Wastewater must be properly held and cannot be released on the ground.
Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and telephone reservations are available at (865) 361-9492. Online reservations are currently not available.
In addition, the Pickwick Dam Tailwater Day Use Area and boat ramp will reopen for the remainder of the season. Temporary closures are expected as repairs continue and restrooms are not available at this time. Guests should access the Day Use Area from the north gate off Wharf Road.
In the Muscle Shoals area, the boat ramp at the Rockpile Recreation Area will reopen for the summer season while repairs continue on the bathroom, playground and Waterfall walk facilities, which remain closed. The nearest public restroom is at the Fleet Harbor boat ramp on the headwater side of Wilson Dam.
Like many others along the Tennessee River and its tributaries, TVA facilities were impacted by record-setting rainfall and subsequent flooding. The Pickwick campground facility was under several feet of water, causing extensive damage that is still under repair.
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