History and Facts on Norris Dam
Photos taken by NARA during Norris Dam Project
Lake extends 73 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell
River. Norris Dam is 265 feet high and stretches 1,860 feet across
the Clinch River in Campbell and Anderson County, Tennessee. The
reservoir is 129 miles long. Norris provides 809 miles of
shoreline and 33,840 acres of water surface. It is the largest
reservoir on a tributary of the Tennessee River. At full pool level it covers
more than 34,000 acres, and has an average depth of about 75 feet.
It holds as much as 830 billion gallons of water.
Norris Reservoir abounds with secluded coves. TVA established demonstration public parks at Cove Lake, Big Ridge, and the area around Norris Dam. These parks, set up when Norris was built in the 1930s, later became the nucleus of Tennessee’s state park system.
The five counties surrounding Norris Lake are Anderson County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Grainger County, and Union County.
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All historical photos courtesy of National Archives (NARA) and TVA
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