TVA Issues Campground Request For Proposals

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking proposals for commercial operators at four campgrounds in Tennessee and Alabama.

TVA has issued a request for proposals for entities to develop, operate and maintain one or more of four campgrounds that TVA previously managed:

· Loyston Point Recreation Areas on Norris Reservoir in Union County, Tn.;

· Mallard Creek Recreation Area on Wheeler Reservoir in Lawrence County, Ala.;

· Barton Springs Recreation Area on Normandy Reservoir in Coffee County, Tn.;

· Cedar Point Recreation Area on Normandy Reservoir in Coffee County, Tn.

Interested applicants should submit proposals by March 1. A full description of each recreation area, proposal requirements and operator qualifications are available on TVA’s website at http://www.tva.com/river/recreation/camping_rfp/index.htm.

The selected operators will be granted long-term commercial recreation agreements for operation and development of facilities beginning in 2013.

“TVA’s goal is to select commercial operators who are committed to providing a safe, quality public recreation experience on TVA-managed lands” said Bruce Schofield, TVA vice president for Property and Natural Resources. “By providing operators with long-term easements or leases, they have an incentive to invest in enhancing the visitor experience and the camping amenities.”

TVA operates more than 80 public recreation areas across the Tennessee Valley, including eight campgrounds, multiple day-use areas and numerous boat ramps. TVA directly manages 293,000 acres of land and 11,000 miles of shoreline to achieve the greatest public benefit. The vast majority of TVA's public lands fulfill public recreation or environmental stewardship roles. More information on TVA recreation opportunities is available online at http://www.tva.gov/river/recreation/index.htm.




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