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Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee River

The quintessential paddling trip in Chattanooga is a two hour tour of our downtown waterfront via kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard on the Tennessee River.

Launch from Coolidge Park on the North Shore of the river, then paddle upstream around the Audubon Island Wildlife Santuary to view Great Blue Heron, Osprey and maybe even a River Otter.

On the float back downstream along the South Shore, paddlers are treated to views of the Bluff View Arts District, historic Ross’ Landing and the city’s beautiful downtown bridges.


Fluctuating river levels and strong currents can make this a challenging trip. Refer to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Chickamauga Dam hourly release schedule or call 423-751-2264 before putting on. Above 35,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) paddling upstream becomes a workout.

Google Map of Tennessee River Blueway

Related Activities

Road biking, day hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, climbing gyms, pincnicking

Activity Type

Family, leisure, kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Coolidge Park Launch

.4 miles | 5 minutes

GPS Coordinates

35.060423, -85.309421


No restrictions


Yes, primitive camping on Audubon Island with a permit (fees apply)
Contact the Chattanooga Audubon Society
(423) 892-1499

Pet Friendly

No, in Coolidge Park and on Audubon Island
Yes, in all other downtown parks

Contact Information

Outdoor Chattanooga
200 River St. in Coolidge Park
Chattanooga, TN 
(423) 643-6888


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