Water release schedules are updated periodically throughout the day. Next-day release schedules are usually available by 6 p.m. of the current day.

Observed water levels also are updated periodically throughout the day. Predicted water levels are updated at least once a day, by 1 p.m. Eastern time, and may be updated more frequently when conditions warrant. However:
Hazardous Waters
Water release schedules often change without notice due to unanticipated changes in weather conditions and power system requirements.

Use caution near dams. A large amount of water may be discharged without warning AT ANY TIME.
A large amount of water can be discharged through a dam without warning at any time. For example, when the demand for electricity is high, the turbines that generate electricity at a dam may start automatically, resulting in a significant increase in the flow of water within only a matter of seconds. Similarly, river operations for flood control can create rapidly rising water levels in otherwise shallow riverbeds, especially below tributary dams, which are usually located in steep terrain.

The cold water released through tributary dams even during the summer may also be a hazard. Cold-water temperatures can result in shock and hypothermia, and slippery rocks and hidden holes can cause an unexpected fall.

Even if you’re an experienced boater, angler, or swimmer, it pays to know the signs of rising water and the rules you should follow to ensure your safety.
From the TVA Website:
Before leaving home - Go to the TVA Reseroir Information Web Site and choose the Reseroir you are interested in on the Right Hand Drop Down List. The second Drop Dow List will display Releases and Elevations. Press the View Info Button. Choose a time when zero generators will be running.

Before leaving home or getting in the water check the schedule again, by phone. The toll free number is 800-238-2264. The instructions may be found at The
TVA Reservoir Information by Phone Web Site. However, If you want to know when water will be released from TVA and U.S. Corps of Engineers dams, press 4, then enter the two-digit code for the dam and #.
Apalachia - 22
Bear Creek - 52
Blue Ridge - 23
Boone - 3
Calderwood - 14
Cedar Creek - 54
Chatuge - 19
Cheoah - 12
Cherokee - 5
Chickamauga - 27
Chilhowee - 15
Douglas - 7
Fontana - 11
Fort Loudon - 8
Ft. Patrick Henry - 4
Great Falls - 36
Guntersville - 29
Hiwassee - 21
Johnsonvillle - 46
Kentucky - 33
Little Bear Creek - 53
Melton Hill - 43
Nickajack - 28
Normandy - 56
Norris - 17
Nottely - 20
Ocoee No. 1 - 26
Ocoee No. 3 - 24
Perryville - 45
Pickwick - 32
Santeetlah - 13
Savannah - 44
South Holston - 1
Tims Ford - 50
Upper Bear Creek - 51
Watauga - 2
Watts Bar - 18
Wheeler - 30
Wilbur - 42
Wilson - 31
Blue Ridge Dam
If you like fishing or enjoy swimming and boating on TVA-managed reservoirs, you need to be aware of the possible hazards surrounding dams.

The scheduled release of water from the dam can and should be checked by internet and telephone prior to a fishing excursion.

Oh, and don't forget, Have Fun!
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