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Lake Information for Chickamauga Lake


Chickamauga Lake is a reservoir along the Tennessee River created when the Chickamauga Dam, as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority, was completed in 1940. The lake stretches from Watts Bar Dam at mile 529.9 (853 km) to Chickamauga Dam at mile 471.0 (758 km) making the lake 58.9 miles (94.8 km) long. It borders Rhea County, Meigs County, and Hamilton County with 810 miles (1,303 km) of shoreline and two bridges crossing it at State Highway 60 and Highway 30. The lake is commonly used for recreational and outdoor activities, especially at the southern end, due to the high population density surrounding it.

The Hiwassee River runs into Chickamauga lake just north of Hiwassee Island, and the Highway 60 bridge at mile 500 (804.5 km).

Preceding Chickamauga Lake on the Tennessee River is Watts Bar Lake, and following is Nickajack Lake.

It was named after the Chickamauga (tribe) of Cherokees who used to live in the area.

Fishing Description: 

Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are the large species of fish in the lake. The lake also has a good supply of black crappie and sunfish.

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
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Chickamauga Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Blaylock Bait & Tackle
  • 7710 Hixson Pike - Hixson, TN
  • (423) 842-4000
    Jack's Bait & Tackle Shop
  • 4228 Bonny Oaks Dr - Chattanooga, TN
  • (423) 698-8339
    Union Fork Bait & Tackle
  • 12169 Old Dayton Pike - Soddy-Daisy, TN
  • (423) 332-4664

Boat Rental

    Franklin Marine Incorporated
  • 6518 Hixson Pike - Hixson, TN
  • (423) 842-6395
    Powersports Unlimited-Hixson
  • 8509 Hixson Pike, #B - Hixson, TN
  • (423) 842-3478

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Waycraxys Bar B Que
  • 10180 Dayton Pike - Soddy-Daisy, TN
  • (423) 332-1347
    Pickle Barrel Restaurant
  • 1012 Market St - Chattanooga, TN
  • (423) 266-1103

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