Harrison Bay | John A. Patten Island Tennessee River

John A. Patten Island in Harrison Bay is a primitive, wooded retreat that seems far from civilization but is only a half an hour paddle from the busy, suburban neighborhoods of eastern Hamilton County.

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The island can be accessed by canoe, kayak and SUP from launches at nearby Harrison Bay State Park.

The 100 acre island and its sister islands are all that remain of the town of Harrison, which was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) when Chickamauga Lake was formed in 1940.

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The old town of Harrison, Tennesssee

In addition to seeing a wide array of wildlife, visitors to the island can also see remnants of the old town, especially during the winter, when road beds and house foundations are exposed by the low lake level.

TWRA GIS Access Map for Chickamauga Lake
Rules Governing Use of Undeveloped TVA Recreation Lands

Related Activities
Hunting (iin season), fishing, primitive camping, mountain biking (Harrison Bay State Park)

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Harrison Bay State Park
17.5 miles | 28 minutes

Google Map (Including launches)

GPS Coordinates (John A. Patten Island)
35.155776, -85.132469

Dates | Hours
Open year round
Harrison Bay State Park open dawn to dusk

Contact Information
Tennessee Valley Authority
Tennessee Valley Authority
Harrison Bay State Park
8411 Harrison Bay Rd.
Harrison, TN 37341
Harrison Bay State Park

Harrison Bay | John A. Patten Island Tennessee River