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Construction of Norris Dam began in 1933, just a few months after the creation of
TVA, and was completed in 1936.
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.
The recreational use of Norris Reservoir exceeds that of any other tributary reservoir
in the TVA river system.
Norris Dam is 265 feet high and stretches 1,860 feet across the Clinch River.
The town of Norris, built to house workers on the dam, was a planned community that
became a model for others throughout the nation. It was sold to private owners in
The water level in Norris Reservoir varies about 23 feet in a normal year.
Norris has a flood-storage capacity of 1,112,982 acre-feet.
The nameplate generating capacity of Norris is 131,400 kilowatts of electricity.