Chilhowee Hydroelectric Development

6102 TN 129, Tallassee, Tennessee

Tapoco owned hydroelectric facility in Blount Count, TN


Chilhowee Hydroelectric Development

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Chilhowee Dam is a hydroelectric dam located in Blount and Monroe counties, Tennessee, between river mile 33 and 34 on the Little Tennessee River. Construction began in 1955 and was completed in 1957. The dam's reservoir covers approximately 1,734 acres (702 ha) at normal full pool and has a drainage area of 1,977 square miles (5,120 km2). The elevation of Chilhowee Reservoir is 874 feet (266 m) above mean sea level (USGS). Chilhowee's powerhouse is equipped with three Kaplan turbines that have a combined generating capacity of 48 megawatts.[1] Like Calderwood and Cheoah, Chilhowee is controlled by TVA's Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam is the primary flow control facility for the lower Little Tennessee River. Tapoco built and operates the Chilhowee Development.[2] Chilhowee Dam and its powerhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Chilhowee Hydroelectric Development. - Wikipedia

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 27, 2004
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Functional
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Energy facility
Current function
Energy facility
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 25, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview", Updated "GPS Coordinates"