WATeR strives to maintain the agricultural, recreational, and commercial value of the Tellico Reservoir and the surrounding watershed in Monroe, Blount and Loudon Counties.

All are invited to the WATeR Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 13

Keynote speaker: Stephen Lyn Bales, author of 3 books and Ijams Nature Center Interpretative Naturalist (Retired) will be presenting “Conservation Success Stories in the Tennessee River Valley."

6:30 p.m. at the Tellico Village Community Church, 130 Chota Ctr, Loudon, TN.

Firewater Ultra races East Lakeshore Trail.

91 runners race up to 100K, up and back, about 62 miles.

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Water Quality

Water Quality is the prime directive for WATeR. Nothing is more important than protecting the water quality of Tellico Reservoir and its watershed

Lake Cleanup

Volunteers cleanup the lake shoreline every spring. Our journey began in 2002 with 250 dedicated volunteers who removed 4-tons of trash in our effort to improve and protect the areas in and around the Tellico Watershed.


In 2019 we removed 13.28 tons of trash and debris. Over 350 people participated,.

East Lake Shore Trail

The purpose of the East Lakeshore Trail project is to provide a recreational and educational hiking experience along a portion of the east shoreline of Tellico Lake. It is the product of a successful partnership between WATeR and the Tennessee Valley Authority and has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail. The trail is open all year.


What is WATeR???


The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) supports policies and projects that protect and improve the environment in and around Tellico Reservoir. WATeR strives to maintain the agricultural, recreational, and commercial value of the Tellico reservoir and the surrounding watershed in Monroe, Blount, and Loudon counties.

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