TVA Closes Select Recreation Areas While Maintaining Access To Public Lands, Waters

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Tennessee Valley Authority is closing its day-use recreation area at Chickamauga Dam near Chattanooga and the Rockpile Recreation Area at Wilson Dam at Muscle Shoals as part of its continuing efforts to protect public health during the current COVID-19 outbreak. The closures will begin during the day on Friday, March 20.

In addition, public restroom facilities, beaches and group pavilions at all of TVA’s recreation areas will be closed until further notice. Visitors are asked not to bypass gates or close fences to access closed areas.

These decisions are intended to support Centers for Disease Control recommendations to limit the size of public gatherings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All TVA boat ramps remain open, as well as more than 200,000 acres of undeveloped public lands and trails.

TVA will continue to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and will take additional steps as needed to help protect public health and safety.


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Outdoors

Enterprise South Nature Park Is Open Saturday

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department reports all concerns at Enterprise South Nature Park have been addressed and trail conditions are now acceptable enough to open Enterprise South Nature Park on Saturday. The parks department wants to remind the public social distancing in the park should be observed. There may be intermittent closure of the entrance gate ... (click for more)

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Breaking News

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Opinion

Please Do Your Part

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Roy Exum: My Garden This April

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