Tennessee River Lock and Dam Tour on Watts Bar and Chickamauga Lake

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22 ft
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Up to 6
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Watts Bar Dam Lock Tour:

Embark on an adventure of discovery and excitement with our exclusive Lock Tour aboard a captained pontoon boat. Prepare to be mesmerized as we navigate through the majestic waters of Watts Bar Lake and delve into the heart of the impressive Watts Bar Dam.

🚤 Cruise Through the Locks: Experience the thrill of passing through the lock system firsthand as we navigate through the towering gates of Watts Bar Dam. Feel the adrenaline rush as the water levels rise and fall up to 70ft, unlocking new perspectives at every turn.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Fun for the Whole Family: Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or adventure seeker, our Lock Tour promises something for everyone. Bring your family, friends, or colleagues up to 6 total for an outing they'll never forget.

We'll take off out of spring city marina harbor and stroll thru the bay meandering thru the islands as the engine warms up. Then we can motor to dickeys bluff where cliff jumping is optional. We'll be about half way to the dam/lock as we approach the main channel of the Tennessee river observing wildlife along the way. I'll radio or call the lockmaster to check status of locking through. If we can't lock thru right away we can explore a large cove right off the main channel. It's about a 15-20 mile ride round trip depending on our route. Locking thru watts bar dam to Chickamauga Lake is a 65-70 water level drop depending on what the lake level is. Being in the concrete chamber is a cool experience. It takes about 45 minutes to change lakes. It's like a giant water elevator. You'll see the nuclear plants cooling towers up close from the water. The sunset ride back into spring city marina is breath taking. This is a 3 to 4 hour tour.

We provide unique pontoon boat excursions on Watts Bar Lake. We love sharing the water with others. Watts Bar Lake is one of the south’s largest lakes, at 72 miles long and covering 39,000 acres or 61 square miles of water at summer pool with 772 miles of shoreline. There are some great restaurants available on the lake as well if you want to stop for dinner during your full day cruise. On half day excursions we recommend dinner at Nick’s Lakeside Grill after the cruise. Free parking is available at the marina located at 2109 New Lake Rd, Spring City, TN 37381.

Suggested items to bring include hat, sunglasses, appropriate attire for the days weather and a change of clothes just in case you get wet.

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Stereo Aux Input
Cooler / Ice chest
Swim ladder
Children's life jackets
VHF Radio


22 ft.
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Being on the water and serving God is what makes me come alive. I love sharing the experience of being on the water with others. In 2021 my wife and I sold our house in Indiana and quit our jobs to live a different kind of life in Grandview Tennessee. We homestead 42 acres on the Cumberland Plateau where we have a small Glamping campground with Canvas tents on tree platforms. We also do some micro farming including lavender, mushrooms and worms. Boat camping on the many islands of Watts Bar Lake is one of my favorite activities.
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kids under 12
glass bottles

  • Free cancellations until 5 days before the booking start time.
  • 50% refund for cancellations between 3-5 days before the booking start time.
  • Cancellations within 2 days of the booking start time are non-refundable.
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