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

Next Hike Tuesday September 19


Join WATeR (The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir) Tuesday, September 19th when we will hike a portion of the Sinking Creek Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail. This is rated as an easy trail but has some short elevation changes and tree roots. We will gather at the Poplar Springs Boat Ramp
parking lot at 9:00 AM and carpool to the trailhead. Hikers from Kahite, Rarity Bay, WindRiver, Foothills
Pointe, can meet us at the Coytee Trailhead on Coytee Rd near the large Cuthbertson-Martin (TVA)
Bridge at 9:15 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.

Report on Algae in the Lake


Good News! Tellico Reservoir can be classified as healthy as far as algae growth and presence are concerned. The study is based on sampling in 2022. Sampling will continue in 2023.

Read more here.

State  of the Lake Presentation May 4

Featuring T-Bart, Fishing Club, Carp Expert Biologists and WATeR


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

The mission of WATeR is to protect the environment of the Tellico Reservoir and its Watershed.

Protecting the lake Protects our Property.

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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