Tims Ford Reservoir is on the Elk River in south central Tennessee. The reservoir extends 34 miles northeast upstream from Tims Ford Dam. Tims Ford Dam is a hydroelectric facility that has one generating unit with a net dependable capacity of 36 megawatts. In addition to power generation and recreation, Tims Ford provides water supply and flood damage reduction downstream on the Elk River, primarily for Fayetteville Tennessee.
TVA protects a wide diversity of aquatic life in the Elk River by closely monitoring water temperatures and adjusting operation of Tims Ford Dam. A cold water trout fishery is supported upstream, and downstream variety of warm-water fish thrive. You can read more about this ecosystem at Preserving Life on the Elk River.
For more information about TVA dams visit https://www.tva.gov/Energy/Our-Power-System/Hydroelectric.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, it receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity to business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. But TVA is much more than a power company. Through its mission of service, the Tennessee Valley Authority improves the quality of life by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity; supporting communities through economic development; and carrying out environmental stewardship programs to ensure we all have a beautiful, unique place to live for generations.