Wilbur Dam is on the Watauga River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir extends approximately two river miles upstream to Watauga Dam. Two hydroelectric generating units were installed at Wilbur Dam when it was completed in 1912. A third generating unit was added in 1926, and a fourth was added by TVA when it acquired the dam in 1945. The dam has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 11 megawatts.
Wilbur is located in some of the most beautiful country in the Tennessee River watershed. The reservoir is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains. Even in the dog days of summer, Wilbur remains cool, with a constant breeze blowing through the Watauga River gorge.
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.