Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour at Nickajack Wildlife Refuge

  • Skill level: 1
    Beginner
  • Fitness level: 1
    Relaxed

Every year on the Tennessee River at Nickajack Bat Cave and Wildlife Refuge, an estimated 100,000 endangered Grey bats roost from late April to early October. In April the Tennessee Valley Authority begins filling the Nickajack Reservoir to summer levels of water. In doing so it also fills the empty Nickajack Cave with warm water. The warm water of the river heats the temperature of the bat cave slightly, creating the ideal environment for bats to raise their young. Join us at sunset as we paddle kayaks over to watch these bats dramatically take flight each night in search of insects. This is a great opportunity to experience paddling for the first time and meet new friends at one of Chattanooga's natural treasures. If this trip interests you check out our Sandhill Crane Kayak Tours starting in November. It is a birder and wildlife watchers delight. You will find thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Island. These birds have migrated from Canada and Alaska winter in the warm waters of the Tennessee River. There are also hundreds of other bird species that call the refuge home including Bald and Golden Eagles, Great Blue Heron, American Coots in the hundreds, an occasional endangered Whooping Crane, and a Hooded Crane have been spotted here in the past.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Dry Bag
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddle
  • Touring/Recreational Kayak
  • Water proof Strobe Light

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