Drawdown for Dam Maintenance
Starting mid-December, TVA will lower Boone Reservoir around 14 feet below normal winter levels. The drawdown is needed to replace large chains and cables used to operate the gates on the dam.
Annual Drawdown Cycle
Boone Dam Maintenance
TVA is performing two maintenance tasks during this drawdown to ensure safe operation of the dam and support year-round enjoyment of the reservoir.
During the drawdown, TVA will replace wire rope used to raise and lower the spillway gates, and replace chains that help control the dam's power intake.
The drawdown will also allow residents to perform general dock and marina maintenance, permitted shoreline stabilization and reservoir cleanup. TVA encourages property owners to prepare docks and boats for abnormally low water levels. For questions regarding dock permitting or other general maintenance questions, please contact the Environmental Information Center by calling 1-800-882-5263.
Return to Normal
The two projects are expected to be completed by the end of February. Return of the reservoir to normal summer levels will depend on rain and runoff conditions in the spring. To monitor reservoir conditions, see Boone Reservoir's operating guide.