Cherokee Lake

Cherokee lake, one of the more favored destinations for people who enjoy the water here in east Tennessee, but as you can see by the coastline behind me, well the water levels are dramatically lower than where they should be for this time of year. That is not only problematic for tva, but also for the people who have to navigate these waters, we're talking boaters and fisherman.

Cherokee reservoir is about twelve feet below where we would like it for this time of year,

Tom Barnett explains.
We have been struggling all spring long with filling two to three of our reservoirs, cherokee, norris and south holston.

So how does that affect the boater?

The average boater that is out there on the reservoir weekly, not a lot of impact, but folks that are not as familiar with the lakes that come out only in the summer when the levels are typically higher. So we are encouraging those folks to exercise a little more caution.

Right now, we're 25-percent below normal, half way through this year

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