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Nickajack Lake | Tennessee River Gorge

When the Tennessee River leaves Chickamauga Dam and flows through downtown Chattanooga, it becomes Nickajack Reservoir.

Photo Courtesy of Scenic City Fishing Charters

For 48 miles, the river is prime habitat for small and largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, panfish and catfish.

Twelve miles downstream of Chattanooga, the river enters the Tennessee River Gorge, 18 miles of jaw dropping beauty carved through the Cumberland Plateau.

When the river leaves the gorge and opens up into Nickajack Lake, anglers can access islands, sloughs and the outflow of dozens of underground springs and caverns, perfect hiding places for the perfect catch.

Nickajack Reservoir is also part of the Tennessee River Blueway system. There are multiple access points for kayaks, canoes and power boats, as well as primitive and developed camping areas.

TWRA Nickajack Resevoir Access Points Map

Google Map of Nickajack Resevoir (Tennessee River Blueway)

Related Activities

Flat water paddling, mountain biking, day hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, wildlife viewing

Activity Type

Family, leisure, bank, fly, boat and paddlecraft fishing

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Suck Creek Launch

6.3 miles | 13 minutes

GPS Coordinates

35.110220, -85.363869

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Macedonia Rd. Launch

24.5 miles | 35 minutes

GPS Coordinates

34.991683, -85.598480


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Contact Information

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region III
464 Industrial Blvd.
Crossville, TN 38555

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region III

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