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Boone Reservoir

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Boone Reservoir is located on the South Fork Holston River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir is named for frontiersman Daniel Boone, who played a major role in the history of the area.

Special Alert

TVA is accelerating the annual drawdown at Boone Lake so that engineers can conduct more detailed study and investigation of a sinkhole and a small amount of water seeping from the river bank below the dam. The winter drawdown, which will be complete by Nov. 10 is out of an abundance of caution, and public safety is our top priority. The dam is structurally sound, and we are continuously monitoring the dam to ensure it is safe.

Boone Reservoir is managed for a number of purposes, including power production, flood damage reduction, water supply, water quality, and aquatic ecology.

The reservoir features a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp with a courtesy pier for safe, convenient boat launching and retrieval. Water skiing and fishing are popular pastimes at Boone.

More information on Boone Reservoir

Operating guide

Daily reservoir operation information

Sportfish survey results

Sportfish ratings

Ecological health ratings

Tailwater improvements

Recreation facilities


Facts & Figures

Construction of Boone Dam began in 1950 and was completed in 1952.

The dam is 160 feet high and stretches 1,697 feet across the South Fork Holston River.

In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Boone Reservoir varies about 25 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.

The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 75,800 acre-feet.

Boone Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has three generating units with a net dependable capacity of 89 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.

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