|Labor Day marked the official end of summer, but we’ve still got lots of great outdoor activities to enjoy across the TVA service area. In fact, fall is always one of the nicest times of the year for outdoor fun in the Tennessee Valley.
With cooler temperatures and lower lake levels, this is also a perfect time to roll up your sleeves and do something wonderful for the community you live in. In honor of National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28) TVA is hosting or sponsoring a whole list of cleanups, and we need every pair of hands. If you have a college student in your household looking to get service hours, or you just want to get some exercise and accomplish something great, please check out our opportunities and join in!
And remember, lake levels will continue to come down. Install our always-current Lake Level App for the latest data. And if you’re hiking one of our trails, always keep an eye out for wildlife, who might be a bit more active now that it’s not quite so hot.
Speaking of wildlife, learn about how we’re working to turn transmission right-of-way land into “superhighways” for pollinators—those valuable bees and butterflies that our environment needs. It’s all part of the TVA mission of service. We’re glad to have you be part of it with us.
Vice President, River & Resources Stewardship
Held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the amazing recreational assets available to the public. Here’s how you can get involved!
Saving America’s great Southern grasslands
Prior to the 1930s, the Southeast was a mosaic of forests, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands — some covering millions of acres. The loss of these open habitats is a threat to biodiversity. Learn about a new partnership to study and expand Southern grasslands.
Bees and butterflies find new, native habitat
Pollinators — beautiful, important links in our food chain — find themselves welcome at the Collins River Prairie, a peaceful oasis beneath TVA power lines in middle Tennessee. Find out why pollinator plants are so important—and how your own home garden can help.
River Neighbors Exclusive: Plan a fall road trip
It won’t be long before fall colors begin appearing all across the TVA region. We’ve got an easy-to-use map guide that will keep you informed on exactly when and where you can see those peak colors! It’s a partnership between TVA and National Geographic, and it’s full of info. Check it out here.
Rare orchids get a health check from TVA
White fringeless orchids — a threatened species — were given a new lease on life on a TVA power line right-of way-earlier this year. When scientists went back to the site to check on them, they found beautiful blooms.
Tennessee Valley paddling adventures
Just because summer’s winding down doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy paddling the Valley’s rivers, lakes and streams. We’ve worked with partners around the Valley to develop a series of water trail maps that you can download from our site. And check out our interactive, crowd-sourced map for information and inspiration.
Always have current lake levels at your fingertips
Our free app has been updated to be faster and more user-friendly. Available for both iPhone and Android devices. Check it out!
Looking for peace and quiet?
Much of the land that TVA manages is undeveloped, meaning you can hunt, camp, hike and birdwatch in the wild. Fall is a beautiful time to “rough it” a bit and enjoy nature. Find your spot here on our Undeveloped Recreation Map.
VIDEO: Take a virtual tour of Guntersville Dam
Ever wished you could have a birds-eye tour of one of TVA’s dams? Now, thanks to drone videography, you can. Fly along with our camera for a view of Guntersville Dam you won’t get anywhere else!
Powered by People You Know: Dave Harrell
Dave Harrell has spent 28 years working in Natural Resources at TVA, and you might say they have drifted by—he spends a lot of time dealing with things that float. Harrell, program manager, manages policies and regulations for the existing floating cabins that dot some TVA reservoirs. And, he might have taught you how to fly-fish at one of the many events where he teaches! Read more.
The Wayback Machine
Some things just don’t change over the years. Big, fat catfish have been a prize catch in TVA waters for decades. While we can’t confirm old rumors about catfish the size of cars, some mighty big fish have been caught in Tennessee Valley lakes. Here, anglers at Wheeler show off their catch in 1950.
Binge-watch Season 5 of Tennessee Valley Uncharted
Fishing, hiking, exploring caves, sampling tasty treats, hiking with llamas—it’s all here in TVU’s brand new season! Take a journey through the Tennessee Valley as hosts Erick Baker and Ariel Nicole explore its unique natural wonders, urban secrets, recreation destinations and hidden gems. The TVA-sponsored series is running now with all-new Season 5. Check your local station for listings, check Amazon Prime, or click here to play episodes.
Got a question? Ask the PLIC
TVA’s Public Land Information Center (PLIC) is your single source for answers to questions about a variety of public land topics including recreational opportunities and shoreline permits.
Call (800) 882-5263 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or submit your question online.