Lake Chickamauga, Decatur, Meigs County, Tennessee
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Millions of visitors yearly are attracted to Chickamauga Lake. The area offers two state parks, two county parks, four municipal parks, and two wildlife centers. Boating, swimming, fishing, camping, water skiing, jet skiing, and other water related activities are offered on Chickamauga Lake. Chickamauga Dam is the fourth of the TVA's main river projects, and is located 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga. Chickamauga Reservoir, with 810 miles of shoreline, has 35,400 square acres of surface area.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Are they permitted? Yes
Are they permitted? Yes
20 miles northeast of Chattanooga
Primary species of sport fish include white crappie, bluegill, white bass, channel and blue catfish, largemouth bass, and sauger.
State Parks operate three large marinas at Paris Landing, Pickwick Landing and Harrison Bay, and there are two large marinas at Edgar Evins and Chickamauga Dam that are operated by private enterprise. These marinas are located in protected harbors, and can handle crafts of all sizes. There are covered and uncovered slips as well as transient or overnight slips available. Marinas operate service docks where fuels and supplies can be obtained, and provide dumping service for sanitary holding tanks.
Harrison Bay's marina is located in one of the most protected harbors on Chickamauga Lake. There are two major boat launching ramps at the park with ample parking for boaters. There are 155 covered boat slips and 26 uncovered boat slips available. These slips can accommodate boats from 20 feet to 48 feet. Marine supplies, fuel, fishing tackle, bait, and ski accessories are carried in the marina shop.
Island Cove Marina and Resort - Harrison, Tennessee - Beautifully decorated rooms overlooking Chickamauga Lake. Large lakeside private pool for members and guests only. Private Party Island, perfect for groups and special occasions. Full Service Marina, the largest marina on Chickamauga Lake, to satisfy all your boating needs. 6701 Highway 58 Harrison, TN 37341, E-mail, (423) 344-8331
Chester Frost Park
180 SITES, Located on Chickamauga Lake, from I-75 take Hwy 153, exit to Hixson Pk., N to Goldpoint Cr., 2318 Goldpoint Cr., Hixson TN 37343, 423/842-0177
Harrison Bay State Park
183 SITES, Located on Chickamauga Lake, 24 mi. N. of downtown Chattanooga, Hwy 153 to Hwy 58, then 12 mi. to lake., 8411 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison TN 37341, 423/ 344-6214
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The counties surrounding Chickamauga Lake include Rhea, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn and Meigs.
Rhea County offers four natural wilderness areas with forests, waterfalls, unique rock formations and deep gorges, all with trails for hiking. Fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, hiking and hunting are all popular sports at nearby Chickamauga and Watts Bar Lakes. The towns of Rhea County include Dayton, Evensville, Grandview, Graysville and Spring City.
The major cities in Bradley County are Charleston, Cleveland, and McDonald. Bradley County is located near the Ocoee River and Chickamauga Lake, and is accessible by Interstate 75, U.S. Highways 11 and 64, and State Routes 60, 74, 40 and 2. There are a variety of things to do in Bradley County including Apple Valley Orchard, Cherokee National Forest, Cleveland Downtown Historic Greenway, Morris Winery and Vineyard, a Primitive Settlement, Ocoee Regional Nature Center, and Red Clay Historical State Park.
Hamilton County, located in Southeast Tennessee, is nationally recognized for its quality of life, resting on the banks of the Tennessee River and near the mountains for which East Tennessee is famous. Chattanooga is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, the largest fresh water aquarium in the world. Chattanooga is rich in family-friendly activities and is known worldwide for its Civil War History.
The Big Ridge Small Wild Area is a 200-acre upland hardwood forest situated on a high ridge above the north shore of the reservoir at the dam. An easy 1.3-mile loop trail leads through the forest. Spring wildflowers include bloodroot, toothwort, larkspur, trillium, and mayapple.
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