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 TVA dams visit https://www.tva.gov/Energy/Our-Power-System/Hydroelectric.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, it receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity to business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. But TVA is much more than a power company. Through its mission of service, the Tennessee Valley Authority improves the quality of life by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity; supporting communities through economic development; and carrying out environmental stewardship programs to ensure we all have a beautiful, unique place to live for generations.