Cherokee Outdoor Resort By the Smokies (formerly Sequoyah Lodge and Lake Resort) Tellico Reservoir

In 2003, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) submitted a request for the conveyance of 40 acres of TVA public land on Tellico Reservoir for use to develop a commercial recreation complex called the “Sequoyah Lodge and Lake Resort.”  The properties included in the request are TVA Parcel 94 and a portion of Parcel 95 (as designated in the 2000 Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan), located in Monroe County, Tennessee.  The EBCI also submitted an associated request for approval under Section 26a to construct water use facilities and to install riprap for shoreline stabilization.

In 2004, TVA completed an Environmental Assessment to review the potential impacts of the proposed action and completed a finding of no significant impact.  TVA granted the easement and issued a Section 26a permit. 

In 2020, the EBCI submitted revised plans for the development, which would be renamed “Cherokee Outdoor Resort by the Smokies.”  TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently considering these plans, and TVA is preparing a supplement to the 2004 Environmental Assessment. 

To view or comment on the Joint Public Notice issued by TVA and the US Army Corps of Engineers, please visit

Related Documents:

Sequoyah Resort 2004 EA

Sequoyah FONSI 2004


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902