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Tims Ford Lake


Tims Ford Lake

Town(s): Winchester TN

Size: 10700 acres
Average Depth: 23 feet
Maximum Depth: 150 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Tims Ford Reservoir is on the Elk River in south central Tennessee. It extends 34 miles upstream to the northeast from Tims Ford Dam. Tims Ford's sprawling arms of water are popular with canoeists, kayakers, and anglers. In addition to power generation and recreation, Tims Ford provides water supply and flood damage reduction downstream on the Elk River, primarily for Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Facts & Figures         

  • Construction of Tims Ford Dam began in 1966 and was completed in 1970.
  • The dam is 175 feet high and stretches 1,580 feet across the Elk River.
  • The water level in Tims Ford Reservoir varies about 15 feet in a normal year.
  • Tims Ford has a flood-storage capacity of 219,600 acre-feet.
  • The hydroelectric plant at Tims Ford consists of one generating unit.

Tims Ford Marina and Resort has 350 Boat Slips, 15 Cabins, 30 RV Spaces, and The Hard Dock Café which serves delicious food year-round. Tims Ford Lake is a 10,700 acre lake with 265 miles of shoreline. Located in a rural area, Tims Ford is known as one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in the mid-south.

Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford Marina







Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Home of giant crappie and smallmouth bass, Tims Ford Lake is a 10,500-acre reservoir in the south-central part of the state. The lake is also home to catfish, striped bass, largemouth, white bass and numerous sunfish. The area and lake are pretty as a picture and an ideal place for a vacation or weekend fishing trip.

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Lake View Marina is a leased operation located inside Tims Ford State Park, that provides pontoon boat rentals as well as a boat launch and courtesy dock. The marina also includes a snack bar, bait shop, and fish-cleaning area. There is a small inventory of canoes and kayaks available for rent.
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Shoreline Development: Unknown