2013 Season Coming To Close For TVA Campgrounds, Visitor Centers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tennessee Valley Authority campgrounds and visitor centers at TVA dams and reservoirs are reducing hours or closing as the 2013 recreation season comes to an end.

TVA campgrounds on Cherokee, Douglas, Melton Hill and Wilson dam reservations will close Nov. 18, as will Foster Falls campground in Marion County, Tenn. TVA’s Watauga Dam Campground closed earlier in 2013.

Two campgrounds downstream of Douglas and Pickwick dams will remain open one month longer until Dec. 16.

TVA campgrounds will reopen for the 2014 season in mid-March.

TVA’s visitor center at Norris Dam will close Nov. 30, while the center at Fontana Dam closed last weekend. The visitor center at Kentucky Reservoir will remain open under abbreviated hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April, and the visitor center at Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant will remain closed indefinitely during plant maintenance.

The Fontana visitor center is scheduled to reopen April 4, Kentucky will resume longer daily hours in May, and Norris’ spring reopening date will be announced later.

TVA’s day-use recreation areas on dam reservations remain open year-round. Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming.

Additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA-managed reservoirs is available by calling 800 882-5263 or visiting www.tva.com/river/recreation.

TVA campgrounds that will close on Nov. 18 are:

    Cherokee Dam Campground - Cherokee Reservoir, Tn.
    Douglas Dam Headwater Campground - Douglas Reservoir, Tn.
    Foster Falls Campground - Marion County, Tn.
    Melton Hill Dam Campground - Melton Hill Reservoir, Tn.                  
    Wilson Dam Rockpile Campground - Wilson Reservoir, Al.

TVA campgrounds that will close on Dec. 16 are:

    Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground - Douglas Reservoir, Tn.        
    Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground - Pickwick Reservoir, Tn.

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