TVA Tims Ford Dam and Reservoir

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.

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Latitude: 35.19684 Longitude: -86.278551 Elevation: 851 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

The Tims Ford Blueway is a collection of paddle trails that meander through beautiful Tims Ford Lake and its tributaries in Franklin County, TN.  There are plenty of options to satisfy a family looking for a short day trip or individuals interested in a longer overnight camping trip.

For more information about Tims Ford Blueway, visit Tennessee Valley Water Trail webpage.

Tims Ford State Park is home to Bear Trace, which is a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. The 18 hole challenging course is on a peninsula surrounded by Tims Ford Reservoir.

Seasons Accessible

All Seasons

How to Get There

From Nashville:

Take 1-24 E and US-231 S to N Main St. in Shelbyville

Take TN-82 S and TN-50 E to Tims Ford Dam Rd. in Franklin County

From Knoxville:

Get on I-40 W

Take I-75 and I-24 W to TN-50 W/US-64 in Pelham. Take exit 127 from I-24 W

Continue on US-64. Drive to Tims Ford Dam Rd in Franklin County


Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available at Tims Ford Dam and Reservoir

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.

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