Nickajack Lake

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Nickajack Lake
USACE Nickajack Lock and Dam.jpg
Nickajack Lock and Dam
Location Marion / Hamilton counties, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates 35°00′15″N 085°37′10″W / 35.00417°N 85.61944°W / 35.00417; -85.61944Coordinates: 35°00′15″N 085°37′10″W / 35.00417°N 85.61944°W / 35.00417; -85.61944
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Tennessee River
Primary outflows Tennessee River
Basin countries United States
Max. depth 145 ft (44 m)

Nickajack Lake is the reservoir created by Nickajack Dam as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The lake stretches from Nickajack Dam to Chickamauga Dam, passing through the city of Chattanooga. The stretch of the Tennessee River commonly referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Tennessee" also is part of Nickajack Lake.

Full pool for Nickajack Lake is approximately 633.5 feet (193.1 m) above sea level, and remains consistent during the course of the year, unlike nearby Chickamauga Lake.

The world record for freshwater drum was caught from Nickajack Lake in 1972 by Benny Hull, and weighed in at 54 pounds 8 ounces (24.7 kg).

A lake sturgeon was caught in Nickajack Lake in 2011. This was the first sighting of one in the lake since they left the area in the 1960s.[1]

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  1. ^ Simmons, Morgan (June 27, 2011). "Biologists attempt to catch lake sturgeon in effort to document health, movements". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved September 30, 2015.