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

Dams, Seen & Unseen

Interested in the Tellico Reservoir? Come learn about the how the dams are designed to support water quality and fisheries, as well as how they are used for flood control, navigation and power generation. Taught by Bill Waldrop, a professional engineer and hydrologist who was instrumental in the TVA development of the reservoir. Bill is Chairman of the WATeR  Quality Improvement Committee.   


May 26, 2022, 10:00 am, Tellico Village Public Library. 

Sponsored by Tellico Village LEARN with $5 participation fee collected at the door. 



The replacement of the wooden steps on both sides of the Coytee bridge is complete and the bridge is back open!


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New Floating Kayak Launch at Clear Creek.

Read more here.

Lake Water KnoxNews 2/27/22


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

Shoreline  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.


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.

Respect Private Property

The East Lakeshore Trail is located on TVA property but in many locations it runs adjacent to private property.  The trail is well marked and it is important to stay on the trail at all times and not wander onto privately owned property.  Lawns and driveways are there for the landowners and not for shortcuts or alternate routes.  Please respect private property the same as you expect people to respect yours.

Also be aware deer gun hunting season starts 11/6/2021 and ends 1/2/2022. Even though visibility is quite good in the woods, it is suggested that as a safety precaution, hikers should hike in groups and wear fluorescent orange or bright colors while using the trail during hunting seasons. The bright colors should be visible from front and back.

Knoxnews reported on 11/28/20 that 14,021 deer were shot 11/21 and 11/22 in Tennessee.


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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