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Description - 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 control, power production, and improved navigation. They help regulate flooding downstream, especially at Chattanooga. The canal also allows barges to enter the Little Tennessee River without a lock, thus significantly increasing commercial barge operations in the Valley. Several recreation areas, which include boat ramps, day-use areas, fishing areas, and campgrounds, are available at Tellico. 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. It was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America at the time. Another nearby historic attraction is the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, honoring the Cherokee genius who invented the Cherokee alphabet.

Attractions - The picnic pavilion has the following amenities: (1) electrical outlet with (2) plug ins, no lighting under the pavilion, (8) tables that will seat 48 people, (2) charcoal grills, handicap accessible, restrooms near by (about 40 feet), near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no other equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball poles/net, etc. Advanced reservations for the pavilion can be made by calling our toll-free number, 866-494-7186.

Recreation - Several recreation areas, which include boat ramps, day-use areas, fishing areas, and campgrounds, are available at Tellico. The reservoir offers excellent trout and bass fishing.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Tellico Reservoir is located on the Little Tennessee River in east Tennessee. From Lenoir City, Tennessee, take Highway 321 South, over Fort Loudoun Dam to Highway 444 (Tellico Parkway). Follow signs to pavilion.

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