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Chickamauga Dam and Tennessee River Park
Site Description and Habitats
The Tennessee Riverpark stretches 1.65 miles along the east side of the river below Chickamauga Dam. It features playgrounds, picnic areas and fishing piers, along with a paved Riverwalk for walking or cycling. the trail goes through mixed woods and shrubby areas while following the river.
The main attraction to the area is gulls, terns, waterfowl, and loons. Bald eagles are frequently seen in the area.
Bird species of interest
Spring and Fall Migration: Peregrine Falcon (and winter), Broad-winged Hawk, May and August are good times to look for Black and Caspian Terns, and in winter Sandhill Cranes may be flying around. Warblers, vireos, and flycatchers such as Black-throated Green, Blackpoll (spring only), Tennessee, Palm, and Prairie Warblers, Swainson's Thrush, and Swamp Sparrows can be common along the Riverwalk and at the Recreation Park.
Summer: Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Great Crested Flycatcher, and Eastern Kingbird,
Winter: Waterfowl include Lesser and Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Canvasback and Redhead, among others, Common Loon, Horned and Pied-billed Grebe. On the greenway and at the park look for Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Winter Wren.
Year-Round: Bald Eagle, Canada Goose, Fish Crow, American Coot (rare in summer), Great Blue Heron.
Rarities Seen at this Site: Ross's Goose, Black, Surf, and White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific and Red-throated Loon, Brown Pelican (multiple records!), Laughing and Great Black-backed Gull.
Species list via eBird Hotspot Explorer - Chickamauga Dam (on the dam proper)
Species list via eBird Hotspot Explorer - Chickamauga Dam Recreation Area (on south side of the dam)
Species list via eBird Hotspot Explorer - Tennessee River Park (Chattanooga Riverwalk)
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Detailed directions for birding Tennessee River Park and Chickamauga Dam
Chickamauga Dam Recreation Area is also access from exit 5 on Hey 153, but go east/north and in a very short distance you come to a "T" where you go left on Kings Point Rd. Follow Kings Point Rd into the park, go past the marina and make the second left to parking for the lakeshore/beach.
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