Chickamauga Lake


$67.3MTotal Value
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee

Chickamauga Lake real estate is a top ten market for lake homes and land in Tennessee.

There are typically around 180 lake homes for sale on Chickamauga Lake, and 230 lots and land listings available. Chickamauga Lake homes for sale have an average list price of $479,000.

This lake is one of Tennessee's largest lakes and has 784 miles of shoreline. The closest major airport, Nashville International Airport, is only 144 miles away.

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  • 784Mi. of Shoreline
  • 72Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    State Park (Some)
  • Dam Name
    Chickamuaga Dam
  • Year Built
  • Managed By Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Water Drops
    4 ft
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B&B Marina and Campgrounds
(423) 336-2341
117 Marina Dr NW
Charleston, TN 37310
(423) 842-0177
2277 Gold Point Cir N
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 334-4999
797 Cottonport Ferry Rd
Decatur, TN 37322
  • Counties: Bradley County, Hamilton County, McMinn County, Meigs County, Rhea County
  • Fish: Blue Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Notable events: The lake regularly hosts the Big Bass Tour fishing tournament and Sealy Outdoor Big Bass Splash. Nearby Chattanooga hosts the Ironman 70.3 and 140.6 and hosted the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival Regatta and Tournament in 2019.
  • Sailing clubs: Privateer Yacht Club
  • History: Named for the Chickamauga tribe of Cherokee Indians.
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed with restrictions. -- Must be navigable
  • Boating restrictions (Yes). -- Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show proof of completion of the TWRA administered boating safety exam if operating alone, PFD’s required, noise levels restrictions (See
  • Dock restrictions (Yes). -- Must obtain permit to construct or enhance (See
(423) 495-2525
2525 de Sales Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Nashville International Airport
1 Terminal Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
144 miles away
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
1001 Airport Road Suite 14, Chattanooga, TN 37421
30 miles away
About Chickamauga Lake
Located Outside of Chattanooga

Chickamauga Lake is a beautiful body of water conveniently located on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The city is a hub of restaurants, shops, and attractions. It also includes the Chattanooga Airport and Parkridge Medical Center.

36,240 Acres of Water

Chickamauga Lake was built in 1940 and was filled by the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers. It covers 36,240 acres of water and has over 800 miles of shoreline.

It sprawls across Rhea, Meigs, and Hamilton Counties. The lake gets its name from a tribe of Native Americans who broke away from the Cherokee in the 1700s.

Living the Lake Life

Chickamauga Lake has two state parks, two county parks, four municipal parks, and two wildlife centers along with 40 boat launches and a variety of marinas.

Boating, sailing, water skiing, wave running, tubing, and fishing are just a few of the activities it has to offer.

Visit Harbor Lights Marina for day-use boat rentals! Want to hop off the water and find a bite to eat? Dock up at Lakeshore Marina and head over to their Lakeshore Grille for some sake tuna lollipops and almond grouper, topped with white grape sauce.

While its main sport fish catches include bluegill, white crappie, white bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and sauger, record largemouth bass have also been caught in this lake.

Chattanooga-area Activities

Whether you're off the water because of the weather or want a change of pace for the day, there are plenty of things to do within only a few miles of Chickamauga Lake.

Nearby Chattanooga — also known as the Scenic City and GIG City — has been twice named Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” and is the best city for adventurous families.

Visit the Chattanooga Zoo, or catch a baseball game with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Other favorite activities are touring the caves at Racoon Mountain Caverns or taking a stroll through the 4,100-foot Enchanted Trail at the Rock City.

Other Chattanooga-area attractions include the Creative Discovery Museum, the Southern Belle River Ride, Ruby Falls, and the Tennessee Aquarium.

A Home Away From Home

No matter what you are looking for, whether it's a day spent relaxing or jam-packed with adventure, you will always find it at Chickamauga Lake.