The East lakeshore trails are open.  Remember to practice social distancing on the trail and in the parking lots.  This is a great time to hike.  The wild flowers are blooming and there are great views of the lake.  It is still hunting season so brightly colored clothing is encouraged.

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

2020 Lake Clean Up


Lots of Trash


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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 

Firewater Ultra races East Lakeshore Trail.

91 runners race up to 100K, up and back, about 62 miles.

Read more. Results


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,.

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.


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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