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.
Flat water paddling, mountain biking, day hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, wildlife viewing
Family, leisure, bank, fly, boat and paddlecraft fishing
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Suck Creek Launch
6.3 miles | 13 minutes
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Macedonia Rd. Launch
24.5 miles | 35 minutes
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region III
464 Industrial Blvd.
Crossville, TN 38555