Millions of people enjoy recreational activities on TVA lakes each year. The lakes and the 293,000 acres of land surrounding them offer nearly limitless opportunities for fun-filled activities, including waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, nature photography, picnicking, camping and more.
Our map viewer provides three distinct views for lake recreation areas, as well as GPS coordinates and directions to recreation areas and facilities across the Tennessee Valley.
Summer heat got you down? Come cool off in the lake at one of TVA's many swim beaches, open from May through the end of September. No boat necessary.
Looking for a good catch? Chances are you'll find one in any of the TVA reservoirs, which are full of bass and crappie among other sport fish. Find out more about fishing in the Valley—and read our cheat sheet on where to point your boat to hook the fish you most want to catch.
Got a day to get away and play? Visit one of TVA's 80 developed recreation areas to find amenities such as picnic pavilions, playgrounds, swim beaches, hiking trails, fishing piers, dam visitor centers and more.
TVA owns and manages approximately 293,000 acres of land Valley-wide. Of this total, about 229,000 undeveloped acres available for informal recreation such as camping, mountain biking or hunting.
TVA offers hundreds of campsites among six campgrounds adjoining its dams—including the groundbreaking green-energy Melton Hill Campground.
TVA manages over 100 miles of trails, including trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Get more information about the trails, including links to maps.
Know before you go: When to experience the excitement of kayaking or rafting—or the calm of canoeing or fishing—on the many stretches of river below TVA dams.
The Ocoee River has both an Olympic whitewater course and a four-and-a-half-mile rafting area. The area also offers lots of other recreational opportunities, including swimming, boating and picknicking.
A handy resource for fishermen and boaters, these pages track water levels on an hourly basis for TVA lakes across the Tennessee Valley, share precipitation information, water release schedules at the dams and more.
TVA operates one of the most comprehensive river-system monitoring programs in the US. Get information about water quality at TVA lakes, including advisories on swimming and eating fish caught in the reservoirs.
TVA monitors water temperatures in the Elk River closely so that it can adjust the operation of Tims Ford Dam to protect the variety of life in the river, including a trout fishery, sport fish and endangered species.
Boating is one of the most popular recreational uses of TVA lakes. TVA's Clean Marina Initiative certifies marinas that are in compliance with pollution-control standards. And the national Clean Boating Campaign helps educate boating enthusiasts and marina operators in practices that reduce pollution and erosion on the waterways.
TVA has recently revised its commercial recreation management fee guidelines based upon an independent review of industry practices.