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Little Tennessee River

Length: 135 miles (217 kilometers)

Little Tennessee River, approximately 135 miles long; rising in the Blue Ridge in northeast Georgia, and flowing northwest across southwest North Carolina and through east Tennessee to the Tennessee River at Lenoir City. On the river in North Carolina near the Tennessee state line is the Fontana Dam (480 feet high, 2,365 feet long which was completed in 1945) impounding Fontana Lake. This dam is part of the TVA and is the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains. Cheoah Dam in North Carolina, and Calderwood and Chilhowee dams in Tennessee are also part of the TVA.

Fontana Lake is a reservoir impounded by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River located in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles long. The...
    Full Pool: 1,710.0 MSL     Area: 4,480 Acres

Tellico Reservoir, also known as Tellico Lake, is a reservoir in Tennessee, created by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1979 upon the completion of Tellico Dam. Tellico Reservoir was the last major reservoir created by the TVA. The completion of Tellico Dam was nearly halted by decision by the Supreme Court regarding the Endangered Species Act. Af...
    Full Pool: 813.0 MSL     Area: 18 Acres      Printed Lake Tellico Map

The Cherokee National Forest, established in 1911, now protects the western shoreline above Chilhowee Lake, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in 1932, protects the eastern shoreline. Abrams Creek, the longest stream located entirely within the park, is named for Old Abraham of Chilhowee. Largest at 1734 acres, Chilhowee La...
        Area: 1,734 Acres

Calderwood is a small, 541-acre reservoir located within Blount and Monroe Counties in east Tennessee along U.S. Highway 129. The dam was completed in 1930 and impounds the Little Tennessee River. This is one of two dams in Tennessee that is owned by Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower. The Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee National...
        Area: 541 Acres

The Cheoah Dam is a hydroelectric complex located in Graham and Swain counties, North Carolina on the Little Tennessee River between river miles 51 and 52. The Cheoah Development consists of a dam and powerhouse, the first of several constructed by the Tallassee Power Company, now Tapoco. The Cheoah project began in 1916 as a construction camp at t...