In northwest Georgia the cities of Chickamauga, Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold have joined with both Catoosa and Walker counties in improving access for canoeists and kayakers.
Chickamauga has a launch at Lee & Gordon’s Mills near U.S. Highway 27.
From there, the creek meanders through the Chickamauga Battlefield Park to its next launch point which is near Logan’s Roadhouse and O’Charley’s where the creek passes under Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe.
The next stop downstream is the launch built in Catoosa County on West Chickamauga Creek at Cloud Springs and Dietz roads.
Ringgold’s launch points are in the downtown district and provide access to South Chickamauga Creek.
Paddlers on the west and south branches of Chickamauga Creek will meet across the state line, at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge, Tenn., before passing beneath Interstate 75 and following the Brainerd Levee enroute to the Tennessee Riverpark, located downstream of Chickamauga Dam near Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
Total paddling distance from the Walker County launch point, through Catoosa County and on to Camp Jordan, is about 20 miles.
Catoosa County Recreation Department maintains the West Chickamauga Creek Canoe Launch located off Dietz Road. The other two launches are maintained by their respective City Governments.