Tellico Lake was created in 1979 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from the Tellico Dam. Some people know Tellico Lake as the Tellico Reservoir. When the dam impounded the lower Tellico River and the Little Tennessee River, Tellico Lake was formed with over 357 miles of shoreline. In Loudon County, the cities of Vonore and Franklin are the closest to Tellico Lake. Knoxville sits about 30 minutes away from Tellico Lake. Tellico Lake is known as the “Lakeway to the Smokies” with interconnecting lakes and rivers, through canals, provide boaters the opportunity to cruise 21 states, the Great Lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico.
The communities surrounding Tellico Lake have become active adult retirement communities with retirees settling down along the shores of the lake. Rarity Bay is one of the biggest active adult retirement communities. People enjoy the ability to golf at Rarity Bay with exquisite views of the lake as a backdrop. Some even enjoy the water life of fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, and just plain relaxing on Tellico Lake.
The Great Smoky Mountains offers and magnificent backdrop to Tellico Lake and if excitement and cultural stimulus is desired, Knoxville is just a short drive away. Knoxville offers so much for fun and entertainment. Seven lakes surround the city: Cherokee, Douglas, Fort Loudon, Melton Hill, Norris, Watts Bar and Tellico Lake. Music lovers have the choice of operas, symphonies, jazz, country & western and all the way to the traditional music from the Scottish heritage of the regions.