New water quality reports are now available.
Read them here.
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 11/21/2020 and ends 1/3/2021. 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.
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,.
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.
published 5/12/21 in The Connection
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:
published 12/2/20 in The Connection
published 11/20 in Mountain Views
2020 Annual Report
and in addition a history of WATeR's amazing 20 year story.
Firewater Ultra races East Lakeshore Trail.
100K Race takes 13.44 hours
Starts in daylight. Ends in dark!
Published 10/21/20 in The Connection
Published 9/9/20 in The Connection and 9/20 in Mountain Views
Published 7/22/20 in The Connection
Published 7/1/20 in The Connection
Published 6/10/20 in The Connection
Published 5/20/20 in The Connection
Published May 2020 in The Connection
published 4/15/20 in The Connection
published in Mountain View
published 3/11/20 in The Connection
published 2/19/20 in The Connection
WATeR: To protect the water quality of our lake published 2/5/2020 in The Connection