Lake levels in East Tennessee will rise over summer, TVA says

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Lakes in East Tennessee enjoyed by locals and visitors alike are expected to be at summer or “summer pool” levels early this year, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Norris Lake, Douglas Lake and Cherokee Lake reservoirs were boosted by some rain this spring, senior media relations specialist Scott Brooks shared Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kentucky Lake in Middle Tennessee is already in the summer pool; All of these reservoirs and river systems are tracked and maintained by the TVA River Forecast Center.

“As is typical this time of year, we are filling all the reservoirs and preparing for summer,” said Darrell Guinn, senior manager of TVA’s River Forecast Center. “Our goal is to have all the reservoirs full until the summer pool, before June 1.”

Guinn shared some insights into the River Forecast Center’s summer goals to bring regional lakes back to their summer pool levels before Memorial Day weekend, which is considered the unofficial start of the lake season.

“So we have several operational objectives that we intend to cover on a day-to-day basis,” Guinn said. “They range from navigation, flood control, hydroelectric generation, water supply, recreation and water quality. Those six things are part of how we operate the system. “Each reservoir contributes its part to that plan.”

If the weather cooperates this summer and Tennessee receives the appropriate amount of rain, summer pool levels can be maintained.

More information on TVA lake levels can be found here.