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Cherokee Reservoir

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Cherokee Dam is on the Holston River in east Tennessee, 52 miles upstream from the point at which the Holston and French Broad Rivers converge to form the Tennessee River.

Cherokee Reservoir is named for the tribe of Native Americans who once inhabited the area. The great Indian warpath, once followed by Daniel Boone, crossed the basin now filled by the reservoir.

Cherokee Reservoir is a popular recreation destination. Along its shoreline are public access areas, county and municipal parks, commercial boat docks and resorts, a state park, and a state wildlife management area. There are many tent and trailer sites for campers.

Fishing is popular at Cherokee. The reservoir’s fish population is very similar to that found in other east Tennessee reservoirs — black bass, sauger, walleye, crappie, various sunfish, and the usual rough-fish species.

Cherokee was built to generate hydroelectric power during the World War II emergency, but it also plays an important role as one of the chain of TVA-managed reservoirs that have prevented billions of dollars in flood damage over the years.

2014 Rain and Runoff

TVA manages the Tennessee River system and its tributaries to maximize its many benefits. We keep reservoirs full as possible during the summer for recreation, while also providing flood control, navigation, water supply and quality and low-cost power generation.

We depend on rain and runoff beginning in March through the spring to fill the reservoirs. Rain which results runoff filling Cherokee is currently lower than normal. The average runoff during the spring fill for the Cherokee watershed is 5.25 inches. This year we’ve only received 2.07 (as of May 19th), this is 39% of normal. Unfortunately, the below average rain and runoff will result in lower than normal summer lake levels on Cherokee.

More information on Cherokee Reservoir

Operating guide

Daily reservoir operation information

Sportfish survey results

Sportfish ratings

Ecological health ratings

Tailwater improvements

Recreation facilities

 

 

 

 

           
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