Hiwassee Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Hiwassee River in Cherokee County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is one of three dams on the river owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the late 1930s to bring flood control and electricity to the region. The dam impounds the Hiwassee Lake of 6000acre, and its tailwaters are part of Apalachia Lake. At 307ft, Hiwassee Dam is the third highest dam in the TVA system, behind only Fontana and Watauga.
Hiwassee Dam is named after the Hiwassee River. The river's name is derived from the Cherokee word for savanna, or large meadow, and had been applied to two of the tribe's villages along the river in the 18th century.
The Hiwassee River flows northwestward from its source in Towns County, Georgia through Western North Carolina, where it proceeds to slice a scenic valley through the southern Appalachian Mountains en route to its mouth along Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee. Hiwassee Dam is located nearly 76mi above the river's mouth, at the downstream end of a large bend in the river known as Fowler Bend. The dam is 10mi upstream from Apalachia Dam (which is near the Tennessee-North Carolina state line) and 45mi downstream from Chatuge Dam. Hiwassee Dam and its reservoir are surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest.
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Stopped by here on our way back to Cleveland. Brought my dad which is 83, thought it would interest him since he did engineering type work. He was amazed at a 43 ton 80,000 horse power turbine... more »
Took the grandkids to the Hiwassee Dam and power station. Was a great learning experience and a great place for a picnic. The kids were facinated to see the water levels and how different they were... more »
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