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The Chilhowee facility is located in Blount and Monroe Counties, Tennessee, on the Little Tennessee River. Construction on the Chilhowee facility began in 1955; operation commenced in 1957. The Chilhowee facility consists of a dam and integral powerhouse. Chilhowee Dam impounds Chilhowee Reservoir.

Chilhowee, like Cheoah and Calderwood, is operated in a run-of-river mode, following the daily cycle, peaking operations of the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Fontana Dam located upstream.

Please note:
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. Your safety depends on obeying all posted safety regulations and warnings.
Elevation and Flow Data
Lake Elevation (ft) 841.6437
Discharge into Cheoah River (cfs) 387.463
Discharge into Little Tennessee River (CFS) 61.2919
Feet Below Full Pool -32.3563232421875
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