Chickamauga Lake


Lake Level
679.97 FEET
Full Pool: 683.0
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Don't miss the boat on these fall color cruises through the Tennessee River Gorge

Times Free Press

Date: 10/18/2017 9:03:00 PM

A cruise through the Tennessee River Gorge offers a closer perspective on its geography and wildlife any time of the year. But in mid to late October, the view becomes spectacular as Mother Nature splashes surrounding mountains in autumn's hues. The

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Students release 1st lake sturgeons raised at Tennessee Aquarium’s science center


Date: 10/18/2017 10:29:00 AM

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute opened the new facility on the banks of the Tennessee River in October 2016. Students from Gap Creek Elementary School in Knoxville helped Tennessee Aquarium biologists release about 700 juvenile lake sturgeon

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Tenneswim: Professor Makes a Record-Breaking Splash

Date: 10/18/2017 9:15:00 AM

Andreas Fath set out on the morning of July 27 from Ijam’s Nature Center in Knoxville to swim the 652 mile length of the Tennessee River. He completed the swim 34 days later, setting a new world record—and also conducting important scientific research

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Scott Davis: Knockout in Knoxville


Date: 10/16/2017 6:36:00 PM

I can’t breathe. It’s unclear whether I’m actually alive right now. South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9, in Knoxville, on the banks of the Tennessee River. With the Vol offense on the 2-yard line and threatening to win the football game as time expired

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A Riverside Graduation: Students Release 1st Class Of Lake Sturgeon Raised At Tennessee Aquarium’s New Science Center


Date: 10/16/2017 8:00:00 AM

In October 2016, the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute opened a brand new freshwater science center on the banks of the Tennessee River. On Monday, conservationists celebrated a major milestone in reintroducing the first Lake Sturgeon raised at the

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 810 Miles
• Surface Area: 34,500 Acres
• Volume: 705,300 Acre Feet
• Length: 60 Miles
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. It was named after the Chickamauga (tribe) of Cherokees who used to live in the area.

The Hiwassee River flows into Chickamauga lake at Hiwassee Island, just north of the Highway 60 bridge at mile 500 (804.5 km).
Chickamauga Lake is immediately downstream from Watts Bar Lake and immediately upstream from Nickajack Lake.

Full pool for Chickamauga lake is 682 feet above sea level. The normal operating envelope is a level of approximately 676 ft through the end of March, rising steadily to full pool level of 682 feet by the middle of May. Then, full pool is maintained through the end of August, at which time the level drops steadily back down to 676 ft by the end of November. Actual lake levels vary due to weather conditions and power needs.
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