Cherokee Lake was formed by the construction of Cherokee Dam which began on August 1, 1940, and was completed on a crash schedule on December 5, 1941.
The reservoir has nearly 400 miles of winding shoreline and about 28,780 acres of water surface.
The dam is 175 feet high and stretches 6,760 feet, or well over a mile, from one end to the other.
In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Cherokee Reservoir varies about 30 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.
Cherokee has a flood-storage capacity of 749,400 acre-feet.
Cherokee Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 148 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
Special thanks to TVA for description above
Please consider showing your appreciation of Cherokee Lake by picking up some litter during your next visit, many hands make light work.