Chatuge Reservoir, located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina, is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement.
Chatuge Dam is operated for many purposes, including flood damage reduction, power generation and augmentation of water flow to aid navigation downstream.
A concrete weir has been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water into the river. This increases oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Because the weir provides abundant food supply for the fish, wade fishing has become a popular activity at this site.
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Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge both in the lake and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. The lake straddles both North Carolina and Georgia. Each state honors the other’s fishing license for anyone fishing from a boat, but the appropriate state license is required for bank fishing.
Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area (managed by U.S. Forest Service), located on a peninsula of Chatuge Lake, offers a large campground and numerous day use activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, mountain biking and hiking. A 2.4-mile trail loops through open woods and offers glimpses of Chatuge Lake.
Chatuge Dam Reservation Trail is 3.1 mile paved trail that begins on Dam Reservation. It provides great views of the mountains and the reservoir.
For more information about Chatuge Dam Reservation Trail, visit TVA's Trail page.
How to Get There
From Knoxville, TN
Follow I-40 W and I- 75 to TN-68 S in Monroe county. Take exit 60 from I-75
Continue on TN-68 S to Notla
Follow US-64 E to Myers Chapel Rd. in Hayesville
Take Chatuge Dam Rd to the dam in Hiwassee
Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee
ADA Accessibility Notes
ADA accessibility available at paved trail
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.