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TVA Announces 2012 Campground Season

March 5, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ten seasonal campgrounds operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, located along reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River watershed, will open for the 2012 recreation season on Friday, March 16.

"As part of TVA's mission, the agency provides recreation opportunities across the Tennessee Valley region," said James Adams, TVA senior manager for commercial and public recreation. "Visitors using TVA-managed recreation facilities, or the 260 campgrounds and 224 marinas run by commercial and public operators, significantly contribute to local economies through regional tourism spending."

TVA operates over 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps. TVA managed campgrounds hosted 71,128 overnight stays in 2011.

The 2012 season for most TVA campgrounds runs through Nov. 15. Two sites will remain open nearly a month longer through Dec. 10: Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground and Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground. TVA campgrounds that will open on March 16 are:

  • Cherokee Dam - Cherokee Reservoir in Jefferson City, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Headwater - Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Tailwater - Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Foster Falls - near Sequatchie, Tenn.
  • Melton Hill Dam - Melton Hill Reservoir near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Barton Springs - Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn.
  • Pickwick Dam Tailwater - Pickwick Reservoir near Savannah, Tenn.
  • Watauga Dam Tailwater - Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Mallard Creek - Wheeler Reservoir in Hillsboro, Ala.
  • Wilson Dam Rockpile - Wilson Reservoir near Muscle Shoals, Ala.

TVA is evaluating switching Loyston Point Campground on Norris Reservoir to a commercial operator, which will delay its opening until approximately May 1, 2012. Shifting Loyston Point Campground to commercial management will reduce TVA's operation and maintenance costs.

Campground opening times and additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA reservoirs are available by calling 800-882-5263 or visiting

TVA's 2012 overnight campground fees are:

  • $17 per night for a basic campsite;
  • $22 per night for a campsite with water and electric;
  • $26 for campsite with water, electric and sewer.

Monthly fees for a campsite are:

  • $265 per month for a basic campsite;
  • $330 per month for a campsite with water and electric;
  • $395 for campsite with water, electric and sewer.

TVA campgrounds honor half-price federal discounts for the America the Beautiful Senior Pass, America the Beautiful Access Pass and the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports. TVA day-use areas are free-of-charge, with a $60 fee to reserve group pavilions.

Camping with campfires is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, imported firewood can spread pest infestations that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that is cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

Media Contact

Travis Brickey, (865) 632-6263
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000

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