Chickamauga Dam Lock Through Kayak Tour

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$85 for REI Members

$95 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Minimum age 13
  • Group size 8 people

Gain a fresh perspective on a beloved local treasure with this 7 mile downstream kayak tour through the Chickamauga Dam. This dam, built as part of Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal, is a marvel of old-school engineering. We'll paddle through a lock in the dam and float with the water as it equalizes 60ft to match the water level on the other side. Ideal for paddlers of all skill levels as we paddle downstream with the flow of river out of the dam almost the entire trip. You can hone your kayaking skills while experiencing this achievement of engineering. Learn all about the history of the New Deal, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the inner workings of a 129ft tall dam. The best thing about this tour? We do all the planning and packing--you just have to show up. We can't wait to paddle with you!

  • Explore the natural and human history of the Tennessee River
  • Ride through the new Chickamauga Dam Lock - a modern wonder of engineering.

What to bring with you

Map image of Coolidge Park

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If you have any issues, please contact us: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm @ (877) 819-3813; or Friday-Saturday-Sunday on our after-hours phone @ (877) 819-3813. Our email is monitored Monday-Friday: This event operates in Eastern Standard Time.