Harrison Bay State Park - Harrison, TN - Tennessee State Parks

 
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Welcome to Harrison Bay State Park
Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, and was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recreation area in the 1930s. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are historically significant because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. Harrison Bay became the first Tennessee State Park in 1937. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area. It has one of the most complete marina facilities available on any of the TVA lakes and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. Camping is a popular activity at Harrison Bay State Park. There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number can accommodate RV’s up to 65 ft. There are also 21 primitive tent only campsites. The Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay, a Jack Nicklaus designed course, is characterized by the presence of both water and heavily-wooded land with soaring pine and hardwood trees. This popular course is often noted as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course” and a reflection of the traditional Jack Nicklaus emphasis on overall integrity and playability for golfers of all ability. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is also one of the most highly recognized environmentally sensitive courses in the nation. It is certified by Audubon International for its conservation and habitat practices and also registered as the first Groundwater Guardian Green Site in Tennessee. Harrison Bay State Park offers a 4.5 mile loop bike trail. The trail features nice uphill climbs with some fast downhill opportunities as well. The trail is fun and rated for all abilities.

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CAMPING
There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number that can accommodate RV’s up to 65 ft. There is one centralized dumping station. Bathhouses are located in each of the four camping areas as well as a playground. There are 27 tent only campsites that do not have electrical/water hookups. Tents can be put up beside the RV but is limited to one family unit per site.

BOATING
The park is a destination for water lovers and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. Canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards can be rented seasonally. There is one free, public boat launch ramp located at the marina and another that is located at the Wolftever location off Highway 58.

SWIMMING
The Harrison Bay swimming pool will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27.
The Olympic-sized pool has a diving board and a wading pool for children that is two feet deep.
HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN 11:00 AM to 6:45 PM: Wednesday - Sunday. Tickets are not sold after 5:45 PM.
CLOSED: Monday and Tuesday, unless it is a holiday.
The pool closes after the Labor Day weekend.
ADMISSION
$5.00 per Person
$2.50 for Campers
Ages two and under are free with an adult admission

POOL PASSES
Pool passes are available for $80 for 40 visits.

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 ttrail features several small climbs and great views of the lake.
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

BIRDING
Harrison Bay 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.

FISHING
Harrison Bay offers access to TVA's Chickamagua Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River. With over 35,000 acres of 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 ADA 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.

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.
Referred to as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course,” the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay features Bermuda fairways lined with soaring pine and hardwood trees. Although water touches 12 fairways, there is more than sufficient room to hit safely. Most greens are open in front, which makes the course more user-friendly for high-handicap players and allows run-up shots. Fairway and green side bunkers are designed in the traditional Nicklaus fashion and add notable character to the overall integrity of the course. Like other courses in the collection, the emphasis on playability is clearly evident. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay stretches from 7,140 yards (gold tees) to just under 5,300 yards (red tees).

HIKING
Bay Point Loop — 4.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lakeshore Loop — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fitness Loop — 0.5 Miles — Gravel — Easy

PAVILIONS
Rates: $40 — $50
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Harrison Bay State Park has 2 picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 30 to 75 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables and a grill. There are no restrooms located at the shelters. Depending upon the shelter, a swimming pool, playground, recreation hall or horseshoe pits are nearby.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

MARINA
Harrison Bay State Park Marina is located on Chickamauga Lake near Chattanooga, Tennessee at Tennessee River mile marker 478. The marina has covered and uncovered slips available at monthly or yearly rates. Certain slips come equipped with water and electrical services depending on the size. 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. 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. The marina manager can be reached on vhf channel 16 or call 423-344-6214. For 24-hour emergency service call 423-326-9768 or 423-413-7001 (there is a fee for this Tow Boat U.S. service).

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8411 Harrison Bay Rd
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