Wilbur Reservoir, three miles from Watauga, is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains. The dam has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 11 megawatts.
Wilbur Dam is on the Watauga River in northeast Tennessee. Its reservoir extends approximately two river miles upstream to Watauga Dam.
Wilbur is located in some of the most beautiful country in the Tennessee River watershed. The reservoir is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains. Even in the dog days of summer, Wilbur remains cool, with a constant breeze blowing through the Watauga River gorge.
Two hydroelectric generating units were installed at Wilbur Dam when it was completed in 1912. A third generating unit was added in 1926, and a fourth was added by TVA when it acquired the dam in 1945.
Wilbur: Facts + Figures
- Construction of Wilbur Dam began in 1909 and was completed in 1912.
- TVA didn't build Wilbur Dam, but acquired the property in 1945.
- The dam is 76 feet high and stretches 375 feet across the Watauga River.
- Wilbur Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 11 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
- Find Wilbur Dam at 774 Wilbur Dam Rd., Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.