The Port of Tellico located in neighboring Monroe County within 20 miles north of McMinn County along U.S. Highway 411. It is owned and operated by the Tellico Reservoir Development Agency (TRDA). This facility has two mooring cells and a Railroad spur for offloading. The port is part of the largest tributary of the Ohio River; the Tennessee is part of the nation’s Inland Waterway System. These interconnected river routes cover 11,000 miles and serve to strategically link geographic areas, major markets, suppliers of raw materials, processors, and consumers.