Chickamauga Lake

Chickamauga Lake
Chickamauga Lock and Dam
Location Hamilton / Rhea / Meigs / McMinn / Bradley counties, Tennessee, USA
Coordinates 35°06′14″N 85°13′46″W / 35.10389°N 85.22944°W / 35.10389; -85.22944Coordinates: 35°06′14″N 85°13′46″W / 35.10389°N 85.22944°W / 35.10389; -85.22944
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows Tennessee River, Hiwassee River
Primary outflows Tennessee River
Catchment area 20,790 square miles (53,846 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 36,240 acres (147 km2)

Chickamauga Lake is a United States 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 empties 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 current lake level can be checked here. The normal operating zone is between 675 and 677 ft through the end of March, rising steadily to a summer range of 681.5 to 682.5 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 will, of course, vary due to weather conditions and power needs.

See also

  • Dams and reservoirs of the Tennessee River

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chickamauga Dam — Chickamauga Lock and Dam Official name Chickamauga Dam Location Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA …   Wikipedia

  • Chickamauga — may refer to: Chickamauga Indian‎ Chickamauga Wars (1776 1794), battles between Cherokee and Anglo American pioneer settlers; also related to the American Revolutionary War Chickamauga, Georgia The Battle of Chickamauga in the American Civil War… …   Wikipedia

  • Chickamauga Creek — South Chickamauga Creek Gewässerkennzahl US: 1303719 Lage Georgia und Tennessee, USA Flusssystem …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park — IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape) …   Wikipedia

  • Nickajack Lake — Nickajack Lock and Dam Location Marion / Hamilton counties, Tennessee, USA Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Cove Lake State Park — Not to be confused with Cave Lake State Park. Cove Lake State Park Cove Lake Type Tennessee State Park Location Campbell County, Tenne …   Wikipedia

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee — Chattanooga redirects here. For other uses, see Chattanooga (disambiguation). Chattanooga, Tennessee Chattanooga from Lookout Mountain …   Wikipedia

  • List of reservoirs and dams in the United States — There are an estimated 75,000 dams in the United States, blocking 600,000 miles (960,000 km) of river or about 17% of rivers in the nation . [cite web|url=http://www.pcffa.org/dams.htm |title=Dams and salmon |accessdate=2008 02 11] The following… …   Wikipedia

  • List of dams and reservoirs in the United States — This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. The following is a partial list of dams and reservoirs in the United States. There are an estimated 75,000 dams in the United States, impounding 600,000 mi (970,000 km) of river or about 17%… …   Wikipedia

  • List of dams and reservoirs of the Tennessee River — The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the Tennessee River system to provide a wide range of public benefits: year round navigation, flood damage reduction, affordable electricity, improved water quality and water supply, recreation, and… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.