Over 200 miles of the Tennessee River flow through North Alabama and connect the region to the nation’s inland waterway system from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

Numerous public ports connect to the main channel with nine-foot or greater depths along the Tennessee River and provide easy access to the deep-water ports of Mobile and New Orleans.

The Tennessee River also provides an abundant water supply for the region. Much of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s electricity is generated along the River in North Alabama, making the region a reliable source and net-exporter of electricity.


Alabama Navigable Waterways Map

Inland Waterways Map