Dam Kayak Tours

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Dam Kayak Tour and have the unforgettable experience of locking down through the Chickamauga Dam. Our experienced guides will lead you on a leisurely paced paddle across Chickamauga lake into the entrance of the lock where the tie off to a pin and watch the Lock Master lower the water and open the doors to exit at river level. The tour continues down the Tennessee River with a shuttle provided.  Prior to departure, you’ll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and kayak.

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Dam Kayak Tours

Lock through the Chickamauga Dam

Cost is $35 per person which includes guides on the water and all the kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle, and PFD). This dam kayak tour is appropriate for ages 14+ when accompanied by an adult. Some prior kayaking/paddling experience is helpful but not required to participate in this tour. Guides will offer basic paddling instruction and provide on water support throughout the duration of the tour, which lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Reservations and payment are required in advance as space is limited. 

 

What You’ll Discover

  • How to adjust a kayak and lifejacket to comfortably fit you
  • Beginner paddle strokes to direct your kayak in the direction you want to go. 
  • The inside of the Chickamauga Lock and how it functions for water crafts to pass through.
  • How to navigate through the dam and launches along the TN River

FAQs

When and are the tours offered?

Fridays, June 7, 21 and 28

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes, reservations are required in advance as space is limited. Online reservaiton here or call 423-643-6888 to register by phone. 

Can I use my own equipment?

No, Outdoor Chattanooga provides all the equipment as this tour is intended to be guided and equipped. We cannot accommodate personal watercrafts due to limited space in our shuttle vehicle, watercrafts not fitting on the trailer and because we follow ACA requirements of guide to participant ratios when on the water. 

How much does it cost?

Cost is $35 per person which includes all the kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle, and lifejacket), guides through the duration of the tour and a shuttle ride to your vehicle.

Do I have to have experience to participate?

Some prior kayaking/paddling experience is helpful but not required to participate in this tour. Guides will offer basic paddling instruction and provide on water support throughout the duration of the tour, which lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Are there age or weight restrictions?

Yes, this tour is most appropriate for ages 14 and up when accompanied by an adult. We utilize Wilderness Tsunami Sea Touring Kayaks that have a weight limit of 300lbs and are designed as sit-in with limited space in the cockpit area. 

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

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TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

Chattanooga RAT RACE 2019 /Open Water Swim

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Partner Program: Trust for Public Land

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

Cuckoo Canoe Tour

Rapid Learning RIVER/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Partner Program: Chattanooga Preparatory School

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Adult Archery and Aces

Paddle Smart Chattanooga- A Paddlesports Safety Class

Partner Program: Trust for Public Land

Guided Creek Snorkeling

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Partner Program: Lookout Mountain Conservancy

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Lookout Mountain Conservancy

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Partner Program: Southeastern Conservation Corps

Guided Sunset Canoe Tour

Moonlight Kayak Tour

Rapid Learning RIVER/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

NPS Partners: Lookout Creek Canoe Tour

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Family Fun Day

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

Adult Archery and Aces

Guided Rock Hop + Creek Snorkel

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Historic Kayak and Walking Tours of Chattanooga with NPS

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

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NO Class/ holiday: Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

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Did You Know?

The Chattanooga region holds many diverse paddling opportunities for beginners and experts to enjoy. The Tennessee River flows through the heart of downtown Chattanooga and is considered a national Blueway destination for recreational paddlers. All 45 miles from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam are navigable and accessible to paddle crafts of all types. You can enjoy a leisurely paced afternoon paddle downtown or in the gorge, or turn it into a multi-day adventure! The lakes and tributaries feeding into the river also offer a multitude of paddling options. Our website offers the most comprehensive list of public accessible launches in the Chattanooga region. Come out and paddle with us!

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