Located in East Tennessee, the Tellico Reservoir was formed by TVA'S construction of Tellico Dam on Tellico River. The reservoir has approximately 350 miles of shoreline and about 16,000 acres of water surface that is used for recreational purposes. Construction of Tellico Dam began in 1967 and was completed in 1979. The dam is 129 feet high and reaches 3,238 feet across the Little Tennessee River.
Tellico Reservoir was planned as an extension dam to divert water through a short canal into Fort Loudoun reservoir. The linking of the reservoirs helps reduce downstream flooding, produce power, and improve navigation. The canal allows barges to enter the Little Tennessee River without the lock, thus significantly increasing commercial barge operation in the Valley. Tellico has a flood storage capacity of 120,000 acre-feet. Water from Tellico helps drive the four generating units at Fort Loudoun Dam.
Fishing, swimming, boating, birding, and many other recreation activities are enjoyed by visitors throughout the year. Tellico blueway is an easy 11 mile float trip that draws canoers and kayakers thoughout the summer and even winter.
The East Lakeshore Trail is located along the east shore of Tellico Lake and was recently designated a National Recreation Trail by the Dept. of the Interior. Tellico has two additional trails, Beach Trail (2 mi) and Hall Bend Trail (5 mi). Visit TVA trails webpage for more information.
For recreational inquiries please visit Tellico's Recreational Facilities webpage
How to Get There
Get on I 40 W
Continue on I-40 W to Lenoir City. Tke a left to continue on I-75. Take exit 81 for US-321 N
Take exit toward TN-444 W. Turn right onto Tellico Pkwy
Get on I-24 E and follow I-75 N to Loudon. Take exit 72 from I-75 N
Turn left onto Vonore Hwy and continue straight onto Davis Ferry Rd
Turn left onto Tellico Pkwy
Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee
ADA Accessibility Notes
ADA accessible at boat ramp above and below dam, fishing pier, paved trail, pavilion, water fountain
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.