Phillip and I finished the eastern side of Tellico Lake (from 411 bridge, east) on Monday. The "new" Big Creek TRDA Boat Ramp is actually on Fairview Road (which I think it has been or is AKA Sink Road). Anyway, when you leave Vonore on 360 stay on 360 until it comes to a T-intersection. A left turn keeps you on 360 and goes to Tellico Plains. A right turn takes you off 360 and now you are on Ballplay Road. Stay on it for a few miles until you get to an intersection with a road (Fairview) that turns to the left. This intersection is in a curve. After turning left stay on that road for a few more miles and the ramp is on your left. Someone has taken the actual sign but the wooden frame is still there. On Memorial Day there was still a small blue and white canoe logo sign at the turn off. The parking lot is large and gravel with a very easy put in for canoes and kayaks. At the waters edge left is "downstream" toward the lake proper and the right turn is "upstream" which will take you to Tellico Plains. The water is still flowing very slowly here but you will see the flow stop within a mile of the put-in. At that point is the actual lake. TVA actually owns upstream another two miles or so as a part of the Tellico Reservation.
Significant on this stretch of water is this:
* No jet skis
* No bass boats
* No sounds of motorcycles
* Shallow water
* Three small beautiful coves
* Rock walls
* Rhododendron on the lake shore!
* There must be small mouth bass here...BUT I did not catch any!