Located in East Tennessee, the Tellico Reservoir was formed by TVA'S construction of Tellico Dam on the Tellico River. Because the land near the dam is fairly flat, several saddle dams were installed. A saddle dam is a non-connecting extension of the main dam that stretches across low spots, raising the surrounding land to an elevation that allows the desired water elevation to be reached. The water elevation in Tellico needed to meet the existing water level in Fort Loudoun – the saddle dams allowed this to happen.
Tellico Reservoir is linked to Fort Loudoun Reservoir with a canal – they are managed as one unit. The linking of the reservoirs helps reduce downstream flooding, increase power production and improve navigation.
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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. More information on Tellico Blueway can be found here.
The East Lakeshore Trail is located along the east shore of Tellico Lake and was recently designated a National Recreation Trail by the Department 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.
The canal that links Tellico and Fort Loudoun reservoirs makes this a prime spot to host fishing tournaments – two reservoirs means more places to fish.
All Seasons; the swim beach, pavilion and picnic tables are closed in winter.
How to Get There
From Knoxville: Go west on I 40; then south on I-75. Take exit 81 at Lenoir City and turn left following US-321 N; after passing Fort Loudoun Dam, turn right onto SR-441 (Tellico Parkway). The dam reservation day use area will be on the left; further down the road are the tailwater access and Hall Bend trail parking.
From Chattanooga: Follow I-75 N to exit 81 at Lenoir City and turn left following US-321 N; after passing Fort Loudoun Dam, turn right onto TN SR-444 (Tellico Parkway). The dam reservation day use area is on the left; further down the road are the tailwater access and Hall Bend trail parking.
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. Pets are not allowed in the beach area.