The Hiwassee Dam, in Cherokee County, is 307 feet high and stretches 1,376 feet across the Hiwassee River. Below the Dam, a day-use park on the Apalachia Reservoir provides access to boating, fishing, and paths for exploring the reservoir and its tributaries.
Surrounded by the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests, Hiwassee and the adjacent Apalachia Reservoir serve as a rich habitat for deer, wild turkey and other animals.
The Hiwassee Reservoir is exceptionally beautiful and well suited for canoeing, rafting and learning the basics of whitewater boating. The flow of water in the reservoir comes from deep below the surface and is chilly, even in the summer.
In addition to recreation, the Hiwassee Reservoir serves a number of other purposes, including flood damage reduction and power generation; construction of Hiwassee Dam began in 1936 and was completed in 1940 and in a year, with normal rainfall, the water level in Hiwassee Reservoir varies about 43 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.
You can find the Hiwassee Dam at 600 Powerhouse Rd., Murphy, N.C. 28906.
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