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Maclellan Sanctuary at Audubon Island

The Maclellan Sanctuary is located on the privately owned Audubon Island, located in the middle of downtown Chattanooga on the Tennessee River.

View down river from Audubon Island

Owned and managed by the Chattanooga Audubon Society, the sanctuary contains a very large Great Blue Heron rookery, numerous waterfowl nesting sites and also serves as a home to muskrat, river otters and the occasional white tailed deer.

The public can access the island via a power boat dock on the southwest side or a canoe and kayak launch on the northeast side.

The island also contains a system of hiking trails, a group campground and is a designated campsite for the Tennessee River Blueway paddling trail.

Day and overnight usage fees apply.

Related Activities

Flat water paddling, hiking, primitive camping

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga

.5 miles | 15-30 minutes canoe, kayak or SUP

Launch Directions

The best launch for canoes, kayaks and SUP’s in downtown Chattanooga is located on the north shore of the Tennessee River in Coolidge Park, under the Capt. John Ross Bridge (Market St.). To get there go north on Market St. and turn right on Frazier Ave. after crossing the river. Go through two traffic lights, then turn right into the entrance of Coolidge Park on Tremont St. Take the first right onto River St. and go through the park, passing Outdoor Chattanooga and crossing underneath the Walnut St. pedestrian bridge. When the road turns right to go underneath the Market St. bridge, the boat launch will be on the left.

GPS Coordinates

35.057367, -85.301120

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Dawn to dusk
Admission Fees Apply

Contact Information

Chattanooga Audubon Society
900 North Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421 

Chattanooga Audubon Society

Day Use and Camping Reservations

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