Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and Sequoyah Birthplace Museum share an island that was created by the damming of the Little Tennessee River. Tellico Dam was completed and the impoundment of the Little “T” took place in 1979. There was considerable controversy over Tellico Dam as opponents fought the proposed dam on a number of fronts that included property rights, destruction of historic and Native American sites and the impact on the endangered snail darter. Judicial decisions resulted in several haltings of the project. However, legislative action exempted the Tellico Project from the Endangered Species Act and Tellico Lake was born as a result.
The lake is approximately 15,000 acres in surface area and there are a number of boat ramps and marinas servicing the Tellico Lake area.