Rock Island State Park

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ALERT: TVA GORGE CLOSURE from Friday, May 19 through the END of JULY.

Due to summer maintenance at the TVA Great Falls Powerhouse, Great Falls Dam will be actively spilling water into the gorge through July 2017 or later. This will result in conditions likely being much different than summers past. When TVA Great Falls Dam is releasing water, visitors cannot safely enter the TVA gorge spillway area.

Visitors are not permitted to enter the gorge (including via the Old Mill Trail or Upstream Trail) during this active spilling period. Some days during this period releases will be moderate and some days flows may be very large with multiple dam gates being open. The water volume may change from hour to hour. The Downstream Trail will remain open due to its elevation above the flood plain. Please note swimming or wading is not permitted downstream of the Powerhouse at any time, regardless of water releases. The park’s sand beach on Center Hill Lake will remain open for swimming.  Very large Dam releases upstream can even affect water currents at the sand beach. Please be aware of all of these changing conditions. Obey all park signage for your safety. Check TVA’s website for water release information and further dam safety data at:

www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Great-Falls

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please read the text below about the Caney Fork River Gorge and Safety Information prior to visiting the park.

Pavilions

Rates: $35 — $70 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.

Rock Island State Park has a total of six picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 50 to 75 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables, and many have a grill and access to restrooms. 

Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. 

Picnic shelters/pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $5 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled eight days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled seven days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

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