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.
For more information about Tellico Dam and Reservoir please visit TVA's Tellico Reservoir Information page.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a federal corporation and the nation’s largest public power company. As a regional development agency, TVA supplies reliable, competitively priced power, supports a thriving river system and stimulates sustainable economic development in the public interest. TVA operates fossil fuel, nuclear and hydropower plants, and also produces energy from renewable sources. It manages the nation’s seventh-largest river system to reduce flood damage, produce power, maintain navigation, provide recreational opportunities and protect water quality in the 41,000-square-mile watershed.