Reservoir Land Management Plans

TVA manages 293,000 acres of public land to protect the integrated operation of the TVA reservoir and power systems, to provide for the appropriate public use and enjoyment of the reservoir system and to promote the continuing economic development of our region. To that end, it has developed the TVA Land Policy, which helps balance these needs as well as others, including navigation and flood control.

A Blueprint for Decision Making

Whereas the land policy sets forth an overall strategy, TVA’s Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) detail the tactics on a reservoir-by reservoir basis—and help TVA make decisions when it receives requests for the use of TVA public land. RLMPs are developed with participation by public agencies and officials as well as private individuals and organizations. By providing a clear vision for how TVA will manage public land, an RLMP minimizes conflicting interests and guides decisions on land-use requests.

The RLMP planning process is a systematic method of identifying and evaluating the most suitable use of public lands under TVA's stewardship. TVA uses public input, computer analysis and information and expertise from other federal, state and local agencies to designate parcels of land by categories, or “zones.” These include:

  • Non-TVA shoreland (Zone 1)
  • Project operations (Zone 2)
  • Sensitive-resource management (Zone 3)
  • Natural resource conservation (Zone 4)
  • Industrial (Zone 5)
  • Developed recreation (Zone 6)
  • Shoreline access (Zone 7)

See definitions of these zones.

The reservoir land planning process does not change the existing access rights of adjacent property owners for the use of TVA land.

Across the Valley

The percentage of land available for each zone is established by the overarching Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP), which was originally set forth in TVA's Natural Resource Plan in 2011. TVA's Board of Directors approved updates to the CVLP allocation ranges on August 23, 2017. The CVLP allocation ranges are intended to help guide decision making across the entire TVA reservoir system. The CVLP established a target range for each zone allocation based on information from existing reservoir land management plans.

The following chart reflects the ranges set forth in the 2011 CVLP, as well as the 2017 allocation range updates:

Allocation Designation
2011 CVLP
Allocation Ranges
(Percentage) 
2017 CVLP
Allocation Ranges
(Percentage)
Zone 2:  Project Operations 5 to 7 7 to 10
Zone 3:  Sensitive Resource Management  15 to 18 14 to 18
Zone 4:   Natural Resource Conservation  58 to 65  56 to 63
Zone 5:  Industrial  1 to 2 1 to 3
Zone 6:  Developed Recreation  8 to 10  8 to 10
Zone 7:  Shoreline Access 5 5 to 6

A Wealth of Information

Each individual Reservoir Land Management Plan contains a wealth of detailed information about the environment around each reservoir, as well as descriptions of each parcel of land addressed in the plans. Under the Natural Resource Plan, TVA will continue to develop and update individual reservoir land management plans for a portion of a reservoir, an entire reservoir or a group of reservoirs. Individual reservoir land management plans can be found below.

Apalachia Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Bear Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Beaver Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Blue Ridge Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Boone Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Cedar Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Chatuge Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Cherokee Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Chickamauga Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps    
Clear Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Douglas Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Fontana Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Ft. Loudoun Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps    
Ft. Patrick Henry Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Great Falls Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps   
Guntersville Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Hiwassee Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Kentucky Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps    
Kingston Recovery Project Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps   
Little Bear Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Melton Hill Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Nickajack Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps    
Nolichucky Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Normandy Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps    
Norris Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Nottely Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Ocoee 1, 2, and 3 Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps  
Pickwick Land Management Plan and Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
South Holston Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Tellico Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Tims Ford Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps Allocation Changes
Upper Bear Creek Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Wautaga Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Watts Bar Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps   
Wheeler Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps   
Wilbur Land Management Plan Environmental Review Maps  
Wilson Land Management Plan, Environmental Review and Maps   

TVA Land Policy

TVA’s Land Policy spells out exactly how the agency manages the reservoir system and its 293,000 acres of surrounding lands to maximize public enjoyment, flood control, navigation, power production and economic growth.

NEWS: Proposed Updates to the Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan

TVA proposes to change the land use allocations for six parcels of public land on Watts Bar Reservoir, affecting a total of 226 acres of TVA land. TVA held a scoping period in October and November 2017 to solicit public comments on the proposed changes to the land use allocations. Input received is being considered as TVA prepares the draft environmental assessment, which it plans to release for public review in Spring 2018. Read more about the Watts Bar RLMP.

Updates to Eight Reservoir Management Land Plans and the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan

The TVA Board of Directors has approved final land management plans for managing public lands on eight reservoirs in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee: Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson. The Board has also approved updates to the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan. Read more.