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TVA closes select recreation areas, maintains access to public lands, waters


KNOXVILLE – The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed 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.

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TVA restroom facility at Douglas Lake Reservoir; image by Jeaneane Payne

In addition, public restroom facilities, beaches and group pavilions at all of TVA’s recreation areas are 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.

Published March 21, 2020










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