Fort Loudoun Reservoir, located on the Tennessee River at Knoxville, is the uppermost in the chain of nine TVA reservoirs that form a continuous navigable channel from there to Paducah, Kentucky, 652 miles away.
Facts about Fort Loudoun
- Construction of Fort Loudoun Dam began in 1940 and was completed in 1943.
- The dam is 122 feet high and stretches 4,190 feet across the Tennessee River.
- Fort Loudoun Reservoir has 379 miles of shoreline and 14,600 acres of water surface. It has a flood-storage capacity of 111,000 acre-feet.
- To maintain the water depth required for navigation, Fort Loudoun Reservoir is kept at a minimum winter elevation of 807 feet. The typical summer operating elevation is between 812 and 813 feet.
- The 60- by 360-foot lock at Fort Loudoun raises and lowers river craft about 70 feet between the reservoir and Watts Bar Reservoir.
- The hydroelectric plant at Fort Loudoun consists of four generating units.
Fort Loudoun Lake Recreation