Norris Lake

TENNESSEE


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1,007.14 FEET
8/26/2016
Full Pool: 1,020.0
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Go Knoxville’s fun things to do: Dan Zak on ‘Almighty’, Home Depot craft, paddle at Norris Lake

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 8/1/2016 5:41:00 AM

In July 2012 a house painter, a Vietnam veteran, and an 82-year-old Catholic nun broke into Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex. Focusing on that event, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak has re-examined the 70-year history of the nation's nuclear

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Take a tour inside Norris Dam

WATE

Date: 7/29/2016 5:05:00 PM

The hydroelectric generating units play a big part in the lake levels of Norris Lake. Bodiscomassink says the water level of the river can change by eight to nine feet depending on how many units are turned on. If you get close enough to the dam

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Outdoors: Get a workout on the water with hydrobiking

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 7/29/2016 7:27:00 AM

I rented mine at the Billy Lush Board Shop. HydroBike brand water bikes are also available for rent on Norris Lake from Norris Paddling Adventures. Apart from racing shells, they're one of the only ways to get a leg workout on the water. It's a similar set

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Norris Dam led to region’s modernization

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 7/29/2016 12:07:00 AM

Today, the 800 miles of reservoir shoreline along Norris Lake offer recreational activities almost unheard of before TVA. Norris Dam led to the transformation of a region. As its history unfolds during festivities at the dam, remember those who created it

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Norris Dam celebrates 80 years

WATE

Date: 7/22/2016 1:29:00 PM

With one of two generating units down for service, the water stage in Norris Lake is approximately two feet higher than normal, prompting the spill. The dam, built in 1933-36 is part of the TVA's multi-purpose chain of dams. Watts Bar Dam is currently

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• River: Clinch River
• Length: 809 Miles
• Surface Area: 34,200 Acres
• Volume: 2,040,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,912 Square Miles
• Length: 129 Miles
Norris Lake was created by the construction of Norris Dam in the mid-1930s. Norris Dam was the first major project for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been created in 1933 to bring economic development to the region and control the rampant flooding that had long plagued the Tennessee Valley. The dam was named in honor of Nebraska Senator George Norris (1861-1944), a longtime supporter of government-owned power in general, and supporter of TVA in particular. Norris Dam was completed and the gates closed on March 4, 1936, constructed at a cost of $36 million. The dam's first generator went online July 28, 1936.

The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 miles from its headwaters in Virginia through the rugged, sparsely-populated hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River near Kingston. Norris Dam is located at just over 79 miles upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, immediately downstream from the river's confluence with Cove Creek, which joins the river from the northwest. The reservoir includes parts of Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne, and Grainger counties. Norris Reservoir spans a 73-mile stretch of the Clinch from the dam to River Ridge at the Claiborne-Grainger county line. The reservoir also covers the lower 56 miles of the Powell River, which empties into the Clinch 10 miles upstream from Norris Dam.

Norris Freeway, a section of U.S. Highway 441 widened in the 1930s to aide in dam construction, crosses the top of Norris Dam and connects the area to Interstate 75 at Lake City, Tennessee to the west and Knoxville to the south. Along with the reservation maintained by TVA for the operation of Norris Dam, most of the lower Norris Reservoir is surrounded by conservation lands, including Norris Dam State Park adjacent to the reservation, the Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area across the lake to the north, and the Chuck Swan State Forest, which protects a large undeveloped area a few miles upstream.
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