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Learn the East Lake Shore Trail: Join the monthly WATeR led hike.

Next Hike Tuesday April 18

Join WATeR (The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir) Tuesday, April 18th, when we will hike 3 miles round trip of the Baker Hollow Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail. This section of the ELT features a gorgeous view from the Mizell Bluff overlook. Since we lose about 100 ft in elevation from our starting point, we will have a climb upon our return. We will gather at the Poplar Springs Boat Ramp parking lot at 9:00 AM and carpool to the trailhead. Hikers from Rarity Bay, WindRiver, and Foothills Pointe can meet us at the Mizell Trailhead off of Jackson Bend Rd at 9:10 AM. The East Lakeshore Trails are just across the lake and are some of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails in East Tennessee and have been designated as National Recreation Trails by the Department of the Interior. If you would like to become more familiar with these trails and/or would just like to take a short 2-3 mile hike, then come join us on the 3 rd Tuesday of every month. All of the monthly hikes should finish no later than 11:30 AM. For additional information feel free to contact Mollie May: or 865 924-9972.

WATeR President talks WATeR on WATE
(Takes a little while to load but is worth watching)

Volunteer Committees

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The WQIC supplements the environmental monitoring of government agencies by conducting more frequent testing at many additional locations on the reservoir, and follows up with efforts to improve the quality of the water. These efforts are taken in collaboration with state and local agencies.

The Trails volunteers built the 31 mile East Lakeshore Trail, and work together with TVA and TRDA to maintain the trail for community enjoyment. 

Over 250 people from 20 different volunteer organizations band together for an annual springtime event to clean up trash from around the lakeshore.

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