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Harrison Bay State Park

Activities

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 restaurant at no charge. Rowboats/fishing boats are rented by the week or day. Marina details.

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. 

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Swimming

The pool at Harrison Bay State Park will remain closed for maintenance during the 2020 summer season. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen the pool for your enjoyment.

Our park remains open and is still a great place for you to enjoy water-based recreation this summer. Find other activities at the park here.

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Golfing

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.

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Hiking

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

Biking

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

Fishing

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.

Birding

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.

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