Cedar is one of eight reservoirs that provide flood damage reduction, recreation, and water supply in the Beech River watershed in west Tennessee. The others are Beech, Dogwood, Lost Creek, Pin Oak, Pine, Redbud, and Sycamore.
The reservoirs are open to the public, providing opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing. The adjacent lands are enjoyed by backpackers and hikers.
Programs on the Beech River for upland game management, restocking fish populations, constructing underwater fish attractors, and enhancing the habitat for resident Canada geese ensure the quality and future of the outdoor experience.