Tellico Lake


Tellico Lake

Town(s): Greenback TN, Lenoir City TN, Loudon TN, Madisonville TN, Maryville TN, Vonore TN
Local Name: Lake Tellico

Size: 15560 acres
Average Depth: 30 feet
Maximum Depth: 100 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Tellico Lake is sometimes referred to as Tellico Reservoir. Planned as an extension of nearby Fort Loudoun Reservoir, it is a popular recreational lake with lake homes for sale. You can search Tellico Lake Homes here.

Tellico Dam generates no power but serves to divert water through a short canal into Fort Loudoun, linking the two reservoirs controlling flood reduction and navigation.

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The two linked reservoirs help regulate flooding downstream, especially Chattanooga. The Tellico canal also allows barges to enter the Little Tennessee River without a lock, thus significantly increasing commercial barge operations in the Valley.

Tellico Lake is known for recreation, and includes several areas that feature boat ramps, day-use areas, fishing, caving and campgrounds. The reservoir offers excellent trout and bass fishing.

On Tellico’s banks is a reconstruction of the original Fort Loudoun, which was built by the British during the French and Indian War. Another nearby historic attraction is the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, honoring the genius who invented the Cherokee alphabet.

Tellico Lake is home to many Master Planned Communities such as Tellico Village, Wind River, Tellico Harbor, Harbour Place, Kahite, and Rarity Bay.


Featured Community: Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award–winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis facilities, pickleball courts, fitness center, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more.

With approximately 900 existing homeowners already enjoying the Bay way of life, Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is fast becoming the region’s first choice for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in a premium residential community.

Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home.

Featured Community: Tellico Village

Tellico Village is one of the finest communities on Tellico Lake in east Tennessee. It is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with over 5,000 acres all along the shores of Tellico Lake.

Tellico Village started in 1986 by Cooper Communities and has quickly become one of the premier semi-retirement master planned communities in the southeast. There are 3 private, top ranked championship golf courses offering challenging and outstanding play.

An unparalleled number of high quality amenities such as the brand new wellness center allow residents to enjoy a truly special and fun filled active lifestyle. 

When it comes to finding your dream retirement community in Tennessee, remember "It's better at Tellico Village" 

Tellico Lake Facts + Figures

Construction of Tellico Dam began in 1967 and was completed in 1979.

The dam is 129 feet high and reaches 3,238 feet across the Little Tennessee River.

Tellico Reservoir stretches 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River into the mountains of East Tennessee.

The reservoir provides 357 miles of shoreline and 15,560 acres of water surface for recreation activities.

Tellico has a flood-storage capacity of 120,000 acre-feet.

Tellico Dam is not a hydroelectric facility. It has no power generators and produces no electricity. Water from Tellico, however, flows through a short canal into Fort Loudoun Reservoir and helps drive the four generating units at Fort Loudoun Dam.

Recreation on Tellico Lake:

TVA Recreation Area Matrix

Boating of all sizes and power

Water Sports





2 Full Service Marinas, Tellico Marina and Sequoyah Marina

Fuel, license, restaurants

Dry or wet docking

Mechanical assistance


Refreshments/ice, Food and Beer


Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species:

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: Unknown