Where to boat in Chattanooga?

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by wish2fish, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    My son is playing summer travel lacrosse. Looks like they are playing in Chattanooga July 9/10. Thought I might take advantage of losing a weekend by taking the boat. Tennessee river is right there, but what would be the best water to try if I decide to go early and take advantage of the trip?
  2. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    The river man, the river...... Can go down stream 30+- mile to where 65 crosses the river and stop at Hales Bar for lunch. On of the neatest sections on the river. Do you want to go through a lock? Put in at River park and go north a couple miles, If not go about 10 miles upstream in put in just above the lock on lake Chickamauga.
  3. avguy

    avguy New Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    East TN
    '05 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag
    I think they've got a fairly nice waterfront down there. It would be tough for me to even consider putting in on the river though after boating Norris all these years :)
  4. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Hell, leave your normal boating spot heading south, take a left at Paducah, Ky. on to the Tennessee. You'll be there before you know it.

    Just kidding. Chuck is right though. The river front there is loaded activity. If you end up as far as Chickamauga, you'll be at the Sea Ray dealership!
  5. tnscout

    tnscout New Member

    Jul 31, 2009
    240 Sundeck
    350 Mag
    Bravo III
    We keep our boat at Chickamauga Marina (Sea Ray dealership) at the upstream side of the Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga. We do most of our boating on the reservoir above the dam. Plenty of boating space from there all the way to the next dam upstream, Watts Bar. Downstream of the Chickamauga dam the riverfront is very nice but there is considerable river flow that you should account for if you are not used to it.
  6. searay40dad

    searay40dad Active Member

    Oct 23, 2006
    Western KY/Panama City FL
    2001 480 Sedan Bridge w/ Novurania RIB
    660 hp CAT 3196's
    I'd have to say running the gorge is as pretty as it gets. Spend a couple days above and below chickamauga. Take the kids to ruby falls, lookout mtn, and the aquarium. Island cove marina in Chattanooga has nice little waterfront restaurant too. Best suggestion ive heard is the trip down the entire TN though!

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