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Local Area Information

Tellico Village

Average year-round temperature/weather:

January High 53°F Low 33°F

July High 87°F Low 70°F

Median price of homes:

Homes range from $185,000 - $2,000,000. Lots range from $10,000 - $600,000. Average home prices are $250,000 - $400,000.

Population of city/county and/or median age: Approximately 6,000 residents

Recreation: See below

Medical Facilities:

The local area around Tellico Village supports 7 excellent, major hospitals including the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Fort Sanders Regional Hospital, which touts the most advanced robotic surgery procedures. There are approximately 1300 + physicians, 250 + dentists, and a VA hospital in the local area.

Tellico Lake is a planned community, which was established in 1986 and is located in Loudon County and Monroe County, Tennessee. It is located about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville and conveniently located within minutes from Lenoir City and Maryville. The pure, blue waters back up into the narrow valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Cherokee National Forest. The community has an area of about 5,000 acres.

Excellent strings of brown and rainbow trout and bass are common. With 15,860 acres of surface area, Tellico offers excellent opportunities for sailboating. Connected to Fort Loudon Lake and the mainstream of the Tennessee River by a canal, the potential for long distance cruising is unlimited. Serious boaters can access the Tennessee River and follow interlinked waterways to 21 states, cruise down to the Gulf of Mexico or up to the Great Lakes.

It’s no wonder that Loudon County is touted as the Lakeway to the Smokies, with several lakes embracing and enhancing the county, including Fort Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Melton Hill Lake. The community is a playground for water sports of all types. Lakeside parks and marinas give visitors the opportunity to fully enjoy the many waterfronts. Recreation areas are provided along the lake for boat launching. Picnic areas, overnight camping and marina facilities are also available.

Tellico Lake offers an abundance of fun and adventure to water lovers. Residents can enjoy swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, and sailing as well as pleasure boating. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in wide variety of freshwater fish available in Tellico Lake, including largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, bluegill, and trout.

All lakeshore development is carefully regulated to maintain the beauty and purity of the environment.

Private, neighborhood and community docks and four connecting waterways will provide property owners access to this wonderful natural amenity. The distant Smoky Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for several communities, including Tellico Village and Rarity Bay.

There are many clubs and social activities available that cover a full range of interests. The Village amenities include three championship golf courses, yacht and country club for social activities and dining, and recreational facilities that offers a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Tellico Lake provides for a full range of boating activities and the fishing is great. The Village is located approximately 35 minutes from downtown Knoxville allowing access to shopping, University of Tennessee activities, the Knoxville airport and is in close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Tellico Lake History

Tellico Dam and Tellico Lake are part of an extension of the Fort Loudon project. The dam diverts water from the Little Tennessee River to Fort Loudon Lake rather than creating electricity. Construction began March 7, 1967 and the filling of the reservoir started on November 29, 1976. During construction, a new species of fish, the Snail Darter, was discovered. Construction was halted until the species was found in other places such as Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The dam was completed in 1979 and is located 1 mile south of Fort Loudon Dam. It is 129 feet high and 3238 feet long. The cost of the completed project came in around $141,000,000. The Dam created a navigational waterway up the Little Tennessee River and offers access to barges heading up the river. Tellico and Fort Loudon lakes are connected by a canal, thus making a lock unnecessary. Such a canal creates the potential for limitless long distance cruising - making it possible to boat to 21 states, the Gulf of Mexico or the Great Lakes. Tellico Lake consists of 15,860 acres of surface, 373 miles of shoreline and a 2627 square mile watershed. It is located 30 minutes southwest of Knoxville and only minutes from Maryville and Lenoir City.

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.

The array of recreational and social activities, including golfing, clubs, outdoor swimming, boating, tennis and fishing, make Tellico Village a must for the prospective homeowner with a unique flair for the extraordinary. Tellico Lake and the spacious beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains enhance the already breathtaking surrounding of the everyday life in Tellico Village.

Tellico Village exists because of the actions of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which decided to dam up the Little Tennessee River at its confluence with the Tennessee River. Tellico Dam was completed in November 1979 after a long battle, which famously involved the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and a small fish called the snail darter (see snail darter controversy). As part of the dam project, the TVA acquired additional land above the high water line of the reservoir (Tellico Lake), much of it taken by eminent domain. Part of this additional land was later sold to Cooper Communities, Inc., which established Tellico Village in 1986.

The community has three golf courses and a yacht and country club. The names of the golf courses, like the names of the streets and neighborhoods (each neighborhood within Tellico Village has its own name) are derived from American Indian words and names, mostly Cherokee. These include Toqua, meaning "fish," and Tanasi, which was the name of a town that was the capital of the Cherokee Nation between 1721 and 1730. "Tanasi" is also the word from which the name "Tennessee" was derived.