Chilhowee Dam

Chilhowee Dam is a hydroelectric dam located in Blount and Monroe counties, Tennessee, United States, between river mile 33 and 34 on the Little Tennessee River. Construction began in 1955 and was completed in 1957. The dam's reservoir covers approximately 1,734 acres (702 ha) at normal full pool and has a drainage area of 1,977 square miles (5,120 km2). The elevation of Chilhowee Reservoir is 874 feet (266 m) above mean sea level (USGS). Chilhowee's powerhouse is equipped with three Kaplan turbines that have a combined generating capacity of 48 megawatts.[1]

Chilhowee Hydroelectric Development
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Chilhowee Dam in 2017
LocationBlount / Monroe counties, Tennessee, USA
Nearest cityMaryville, Tennessee
Coordinates35°32′44″N 84°03′01″W / 35.54556°N 84.05028°W / 35.54556; -84.05028Coordinates: 35°32′44″N 84°03′01″W / 35.54556°N 84.05028°W / 35.54556; -84.05028
NRHP reference No.04000546
Added to NRHPMay 7, 2004
Chilhowee Dam

Like Calderwood and Cheoah, Chilhowee is controlled by TVA's Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam is the primary flow control facility for the lower Little Tennessee River. Tapoco built and operates the Chilhowee Development.[2]

Chilhowee Dam and its powerhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Chilhowee Hydroelectric Development.[3]

When the lake is drawn down for maintenance, the remains of the original bridge of US 129 over Abrams Creek can be seen.[4]


  1. ^ Alcoa, Chilhowee Archived 2010-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, 2010. Retrieved: 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ TVA: Reservoir Information (Archived 2015-07-13 at the Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ National Register News, The Courier, Tennessee Historical Commission, October 2004
  4. ^ Whitehead, Jeremy. "Abrams Creek underwater bridge". Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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