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Sequatchie River

The Sequatchie River has its beginnings near Crossville, TN on the Cumberland Plateau. Starting from an underground spring, the river flows southwest for 125 miles to Japer, TN.  Anglers will find the river an excellent place to catch bass, trout, bluegiill, crappie and even catfish.

The mouth of the Sequatchie spills into the Tennessee River one mile downstream of Nickajack Dam. The river is accessible by small craft or paddlecraft for several miles upstream to an old mill dam. 

Canoes and kayaks can launch further upstream and float down. Watch for blow downs and fluctuating current. 

TWRA launches on the Sequatchie River

Anglers ages 13-64 must have a fishing license, issued through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Related Activities

Flat water kayaking/canoeing, birding

Activity Type

Fly fishing, bank fishing, wading, or small craft and paddlecraft
Beginner friendly


Bledsoe and Marion Counties, TN

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Nickajack Dam

27 miles | 40 minutes

GPS Coordinates

35.010596, -85.620087

Google Map


No restrictions



Overnight Camping

Yes, at Shellmound Campground on Nickajack Lake

Contact Information

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


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