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Boating | Marina
Harrison Bay State Park Marina is located at Tennessee River mile marker 478. The marina sells ethanol-free gas, ice, and snacks and has restrooms and a pump-out service. A 24-hour boat ramp is available for no fee. There is no overnight dockage (transient docking); however, restaurant patrons can tie up alongside the main walkway between the fuel dock and the restaurant at no charge.
Paddling - Rentals & Bring Your Own
The park is a destination for water lovers and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. There is one free, public boat launch ramp located at the marina and another at the Wolftever location off Highway 58. Canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards are rented by the hour, seasonally.
The second Bear Trace course to open, Harrison Bay is destined to become a true classic in this collection designed by Jack Nicklaus. Located approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga, the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is surrounded by both water and heavily-wooded land, making an ideal setting for the course.
Trails range from easy to moderate. Explore the shoreline on the 4.5-mile multiuse loop trail. The 1.5-mile wooded nature loop offers some steep inclines and the 0.5-mile walking trail tracks through native grassland.
Bay Point Loop — 4.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lakeshore Loop — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fitness Loop — 0.5 Miles — Gravel — Easy
The 4.5-mile Bay Point Loop is an easy to moderate biking and hiking trail that meanders along the shoreline. Popular with local bike clubs and individuals, the wide trail features several small climbs and great views of the lake.
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate
Harrison Bay offers access to TVA's Chickamagua Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River. With over 35,000 acres of the lake accessible, there are many nearby islands and good fishing spots to explore. The park provides almost any type of fishing desired, whether by boat, bank, or the park’s accessible pier. Bass, bluegill, shell cracker, crappie, catfish, gar, and others are commonly caught. Valid TWRA Fishing License is required for ages 13 and older.
Harrison Bay State Park is located on the largest open water area of Chickamauga Lake. Shorebirds, wintering waterfowl, osprey, and bald eagles are frequently seen. A bald eagle nest is located on the golf course and is the site for the “Eagle Cam” for Tennessee State Parks. One hundred thirty species of birds have been observed. For more nearby birding locations, view flyer.