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TVA campgrounds to open for 2008 season

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TVA campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee Valley will open for the 2008 recreation season on March 14 and remain open until November 17. The Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground will remain open until December 15.

TVA’s day-use recreation areas remain open throughout the year and provide trails, picnic areas, overlooks, beaches, swimming areas, fishing access, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing.

Fees for campsites without water and electric hookups are $16 per day, and fees for sites with water and electric hookups are $20 per day. The upgraded sites at Melton Hill Campground with water, electric, and sewer service are $24 per day.

Holders of America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, or Access Passes or Golden Age or Golden Access Passports receive a 50-percent discount on camping fees.

Golden Age and Golden Access passports are valid for the lifetime of existing pass holders. However, a new federal program replaced these passports in January 2007.

Citizens 62 or over may purchase a new lifetime Senior Pass for $10 with proof of identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate. Persons with permanent disabilities may obtain a free Access Pass with official documentation of their disability.

Both passes must be obtained in person from a participating federal recreation site or office. TVA is not authorized to issue these passes. Learn more about the new Senior and Access Pass program.

TVA-managed day-use areas and boat launch ramps have no fees, except for picnic pavilions which are available at many areas for a fee of $50. Most feature electrical outlets, large charcoal grills, and convenient access to restrooms.

For more information about recreation opportunities on TVA-managed land, visit TVA’s Camping and Recreation Areas page.

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