Tellico Reservoir was planned as an extension of nearby Fort Loudoun Reservoir.
Tellico Dam serves to divert water through a short canal into Fort Loudoun, linking the two reservoirs in their joint functions of flood damage reduction, power production, and improved navigation.
Facts about Tellico Dam and Lake
- 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.
- Water from Tellico helps drive the four generating units at Fort Loudoun Dam.
Fort Loudoun Lake Recreation