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Old 12-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the water level like on Cherokee? I was up at Norris a few weeks ago and could not believe how low they had it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good info here http://www.tva.gov/lakes/noh_r.htm
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Operating guide for Cherokee. Looks like they're almost down to winter pool.



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We're getting ready to head that way right now. Does anyone know if the church house ramp on 11W is still okay to use or is it too shallow?
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I was just there and you will need to use the gravel bank which is no problem even with a 2W drive.
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I was just there and you will need to use the gravel bank which is no problem even with a 2W drive.


Thanks Ezell. We ended up going to Soho instead. Caught one 3lb smallie all day....should have went to Cherokee.
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i have asked a lot of people why the tva lowers the lakes so much. i have been given just as many reasons but none of them seem to make much sense. there are many water hazards now on cherokee not marked and every time i go out i seem to find a new one. does anyone know exactly why the water level is lowered so much.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I heard that water level is so low in the mississippi that barge traffic is being impeded...stands to reason water would be released to replenish the big muddy......major drought in most of the country. We need rain!!
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I've seen it a lot lower than it is now and honestly I wish it would get lower. Made fishing easier for me anyhow. There is 3 islands on the upper end that are still under water, well they were about 2 weeks ago anyhow.
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TVA has normal operating guidelines that they try to stay in (posted on this forum for Cherokee) & they do with the exception of extreems in rainfall or drought. The new TVA guidelines worked out in 1990's don't let the lake fall as much as it once did. TVA uses the larger reservoirs for FLOOD CONTROL / DOWNSTREAM NAVIGATION / HYDROELECTRIC POWER, & only placed in their purpose statements in the 90's RECREATION. Winter time drawdown is normal & I feel like softworm does.
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