tennessee-basin_mapTennessee River Basin

Mission Statement: To protect, improve and maintain water quality in Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin by meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act through basin-wide public/private partnerships.

Watershed at a Glance

  • Drains 6,826 square miles (13 %) of the land area in Alabama
  • Covers portions of 15 northern counties
  • Major Impoundments: Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, Pickwick Lake, and Bear Creek Lakes (A recreational floatway is maintained for 26 miles downstream of the Upper Bear Creek dam, near Haleyville, Alabama.)
  • Majorland uses: forestry, agriculture/pasture, urban
  • Construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (entrance on Pickwick Lake) created a link between the two basins, allowing boat traffic to pass from the Tennessee River and points beyond to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay.
  • Considered by The Nature Conservancy to be the most biologically diverse river basin in North America
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority operates four hydroelectric facilities along the river (Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick).