Nickajack Lake | Tennessee River Gorge

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

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Photo courtesy 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.

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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 Reservoir Access Points Map
Google Map of Nickajack Reservoir (Tennessee River Blueway)

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

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

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Suck Creek Launch
6.3 miles | 13 minutes

GPS Coordinates of Suck Creek Launch
35.110220, -85.363869

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Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Macedonia Rd. Launch
24.5 miles | 35 minutes

GPS Coordinates of Macedonia Rd. Launch
34.991683, -85.598480

Dates | Hours
No restrictions

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


Nickajack Lake | Tennessee River Gorge