Tellico Lake

Tellico Village sits on 4,800 breathtaking acres along the shore of Tellico Lake.

Tellico Lake is 33 miles long with 357 miles of shoreline and a reputation as being one of the cleanest lakes in East Tennessee.

Coming to full pool for the first time in 1982, this Tennessee Valley Authority man-made lake sits on the bed of the Little Tennessee River. Unlike other TVA man-made lakes, Tellico Lake has a current. Its deepest point measures around 80 feet.

With the Smoky Mountains as its backdrop, this large lake, which is part of the 41,000 square miles of the Tennessee River System, is one of the most spectacularly beautiful and personally usable bodies of water in the southeast. It accommodates all water sports and is a perfect spot for a new retirement home.

Daytime view of Tellico Lake
Boating on Tellico Lake


Recently, Boating magazine voted the Knoxville area as one of their 10 Best Places to Live and Boat, stating that “Tellico Lake… became the place to live ever since nationally known Tellico Village opened”…

From kayaks to cruisers, Tellico Lake has unlimited boating opportunities. Tellico Village residents enjoy miles of pristine water for their boating pleasure.  More adventurous boaters can access the famous Great Loop from Tellico Lake and the Tennessee River.

One group of Villagers who regularly take advantage of what the lake has to offer as well as the waterways of the southeast is the Tellico Village Cruising Club. To learn more access this link:

18. You can go bass fishing anytime they're biting


Tellico Lake is a nationally recognized destination for year-round fishing.  Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappy, walleye and sauger are all plentiful. Tellico Lake hosts several national bass fishing tournaments, and throughout the year, fishermen dot the landscape from sunrise to sunset.

Many of those fishermen are from the 200 + member Tellico Village Fishing Club. The club conducts a range of fishing activities on a monthly basis. Click here to learn more:

Paddle boarding at Tellico Village

Water Sports

From early May to late September, residents enjoy Tellico Lake for swimming, water skiing, tubing, paddle boarding and just having fun.  The clean water of Tellico Lake makes it a water wonderland for multi-generational family activities.

Many of those activities take place at the Tugaloo Beach Pavilion where there is a sandy beach providing swimming access to the lake.

If you are a Tellico Villager and member of the Parks and Recreation Department, kayak and paddle board rentals are available at the Tugaloo Beach Pavilion from the late spring through the early fall.

Water, water, everywhere! And, Tellico Villagers are found on the water throughout the beautiful, warm weeks of the East Tennessee spring, summer and fall.

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