Tims Ford Lakeside Services

Tims Ford Lake Information

Construction of Tims Ford Dam began in 1966 and was completed in 1970.

The dam is 175 feet high and stretches 1,580 feet across the Elk River.

Tims Ford Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has one generating unit with a net dependable capacity of 36 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.

The water level in Tims Ford Reservoir varies about 15 feet in a normal year.

Tims Ford has a flood-storage capacity of 219,600 acre-feet.

Photo of tims ford reservoir and shoreline

Tims Ford Reservoir is on the Elk River in south central Tennessee. It extends 34 miles upstream to the northeast from Tims Ford Dam.

Tims Ford Lake’sA´┐Żsprawling arms of water are popular with canoeists, kayakers, and anglers.

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.

Tracking water temperatures on the Elk River

TVA monitors water temperatures in the Elk River closely so that it can adjust the operation of Tims Ford Dam to protect the diversity of aquatic life, including a cold-water trout fishery and endangered species and sport fish that require warm water.

More information on Tims Ford Reservoir

Operating guide

Daily reservoir operation information

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Sportfish survey results

Sportfish ratings

Ecological health ratings

Tailwater improvements

Recreation facilities

Recreation release schedule