New water quality reports are now available.

Read them here.

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

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.


Bridge Dedication

Honoring Trail Builders

Bob Martin


Darrell Cuthbertson


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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.

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,.

2020 Lake Clean Up


Lots of Trash


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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.

Want to know more?

WATeR samples locations on Tellico Lake

published 5/12/21 in The Connection

Asian carp remain in West Tennessee

Latest update published in The Connection 4/7/21

The Tennessee Riverline

is a vision for a continuous, multimodal system of trail experiences along the Tennessee River from its formation in Knoxville, TN, to its confluence with the Ohio River in Paducah, KY.  You can read the annual report here: Tennessee Riverline annual report and visit their website here:

WATeR Dedicates Bridge

published 12/2/20 in The Connection

History of WATeR and its Major Programs

published 11/20 in Mountain Views

2020 Annual Report

and in addition a history of WATeR's amazing 20 year story.

Don't miss it!


Firewater Ultra races East Lakeshore Trail.


100K Race takes 13.44 hours

Starts in daylight. Ends in dark!

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Maintaining cleaner embayments possible

Published 10/21/20 in The Connection

Are the fish safe to eat from the lake

Published 9/9/20 in The Connection and 9/20 in Mountain Views

Stormwater impacts more than we realize

Published 7/22/20 in The Connection



Published 7/1/20 in The Connection

Consider a watering plan this summer

Published 6/10/20 in The Connection

Fertilizer pollution enters Tellico Lake

Published 5/20/20 in The Connection

Human and animal pollution entering in the lake

Published May 2020 in The Connection

WATeR Investigates lake 'greening'

published 4/15/20 in The Connection

WATeR On Asian Carp

Plant A Riparian Garden

published in Mountain View

How many names are right for Tellico Lake

published 3/11/20 in The Connection

The many roles of one body of water

published 2/19/20 in The Connection


WATeR: To protect the water quality of our lake  published 2/5/2020 in The Connection