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2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:31 am
by Bill Edmundson
We have a plan! Lake Nickajack TN is down river from Chattanooga TN.
September 24, 25 & 26, 2010. Many are wanting to start the 22 or 23.
That will be Great! Reservation are already being made. Talk to Bridgette.

First: Thanks to the organizers for a lot of work and study. The organizers were the Moderators, Dave Grason, Ken Schott, and Kenny Cooper. (Sorry if I missed somebody.

Second: We looked at quite a few properties. Among those were places on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes in western KY, Lake Norris in northeast TN, and the Delta Queen in Chattanooga TN. There were good and bad everyplace. But, with Guntersville as a perspective it’s a difficult decision.

Here is the information on the location.

Nickajack Lake/Hales Bar Marina & RV Resort
http://halesbarmarina.com/


First:The web page is a little better than life. What a surprise.

Second: They do have the elements for a Guntersville type Gathering.

Nickajack Lake is on the Tennessee River, downstream of Chattanooga and upstream of Lake Guntersville. It is about 20 miles,or so, south of Chattanooga. Hales Bar is 2 miles north of I24 near Jasper TN. Access by Interstates is very good. I59, I75 and I24 all come into a hub.
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Hales Bar Marina is large. This is only 1/2 of it. They now have 20-30 floating cabins. They have about 15 land cabins which are similar to the floating cabins. They also have 3 new house/cabins. They have RV Parking with power and water, and a dumping station. There are tent camping sites.

The big attraction to me are the floating cabins. You can tie up your boat up to the cabins. The cabins that I looked at, and in, were clean and in good condition.

They have a restaurant, miniature golf, and a ships store. The site is the location of the old lock and dam, built in 1913. The dam leaked so bad that they built the current dam and dynamited the old one. According to the store keeper the joint's haunted.

Hales does have a fuel dock.

The boat ramp is a TVA ramp next to Hales. It is not as nice as the main ramp at Guntersville. But, it is much better than we used in 2009.
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The pavilion is 24x36 there is lighting and power outlets. We could probably extend it with a tarp/tent addition.
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There is a large area for Saturday displays. It is where you will probably park anyway. So, no boat moving.

Other Items:
Other campgrounds are in the area.
Grocery store 6 miles away, not bad.
Nearest motel and the hospital are 8 miles away.
More hotels in Jasper.

It's not what we've had. But, I know we'll make wherever we go fun.


Hale's Bar Marina sent this:

As we discussed on the phone for the one bedroom floating cabins we can do a rate of 99.00 per night, for the larger 3 bedroom land cabins on the hill 199.00 per night and all RV spots 20 % off. If you have any more questions give me a call monday-friday before 5 pm.

That's a bunch off the normal rate. I told them probably 20 cabins and 4 or 5 RV slots.

Reservations are one nights deposit with full refund to a month before.

September 24, 25 & 26 are available.

It's not as nice as the state park. The lake is beautiful. Access is good. It has all the things we've used in the past. The pavilion is smaller. But, can work around that. They may let us use the haunted powerhouse instead. They do have an indoor area with kitchen. The floating cabins with boat tie-up might be a lot of fun.

We hope you’ll make plans to be there and have a great time!

Bill

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:36 am
by John B
Much thanks to all of you who have invested so much time and energy investigating and setting things up for Gathering 2010.

Gayle and I will be there - we wouldn't miss it! We've already made our reservations.

Looking forward to seeing you all in September!

-- John B
Glen-L Intergalactic Headquarters

NOTE: See the photos of last year's Gathering here:
http://www.glen-l.com/picboards/picboar ... nding.html

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:39 am
by ttownshaw
I'm booked. September 22nd - 26th. Looks like the Queen Godess and Mistress of All Things along with her husband are booked in too.

Dang It John....you posted before I could! :lol:

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:39 am
by DaveLott
Thank you much for all the hard work.

My reservations are made and confirmed. She stated the phone has already started ringing off the hook

Way to go!!!!

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:54 am
by BayouBengal
I just booked at one of the floating cabins. Thanks so much guys for your hard work in finding the location. Melanie and I really look forward to seeing everyone.

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:21 am
by Bill Edmundson
I was the 6th cabin booked this morning. I'm going in on Thursday, 9/23 to 9/26.

Maybe a Mini-Cruise to the Delta Queen on Friday.

Bill

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:37 am
by jamundsen
Just got our reservation on the floating dock cabin. Thanks for all the hard work guys. Looks like a great place.

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:36 pm
by upspirate
Yea!!! We have ours in place for fri-Sat.

Now have to cancel Guntersville!

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:01 pm
by DaveLott
Even money that the wedding cancels also and Guntersville comes begging

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:15 pm
by vupilot
I will call and reserve in the morning for a floating cabin. I have stayed on similar floating cabins and it was blast. Looking forward to it.

I guess I was expecting a choice of two places to be put to a vote but looks like you guys found a nice spot.

Thanks for all the work.

Now I just gotta get the boat done by then. I think its gonna be a close call.

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:32 pm
by Bill Edmundson
We wanted to put a vote out. But, changing location is not as easy as one might think when you're thinking 100+ people and 1000s of possible locations.

I just killed the topic on relocating that had been there for almost a year. It had no real responses on a move.

Finally, we felt like we just had to pick and go!

If somebody wants to start researching 2011... Please, do it.

Bill

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:32 pm
by kens
Bill Edmundson wrote: If somebody wants to start researching 2011... Please, do it.
Bill
Yes, we can incorporate some research with the River Run.

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:22 pm
by Dave Grason
Oh wow, what a relief! This will be a good gathering. I'll be booking first thing in the morning. Is there a group number? I think we're really going to like Nickajack lake.
DaveLott wrote:Even money that the wedding cancels also and Guntersville comes begging
That WOULD be funny as all get out. LOL :lol: But we may decide that Nickajack is even better than Lake G and we never go back.

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:41 pm
by thudpucker
Wow Whatta Boat Ramp. I beleive even a Cracker like me could negotiate that one going backwards with a Boat Trailer on my Pickup. Oooops that's what its built like that for aint it? Duh :oops:
If the Big Ramp don't work you can see the cranes in the background. :lol:

I'll buy a bed in one of the cabins. I don't have any RV nor a whole lot of money so I'll help out somebody else in that same situation.

Lordy I'm keeping my finners crossed fer better wedder!

Re: 2010 Gathering Location! Lake Nickajack TN/Hales Bar Marina

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:28 am
by Dave Grason
thudpucker wrote:Lordy I'm keeping my finners crossed fer better wedder!
Well, booking a month earlier should really change things. In fact, we may find that it'll be too hot. LOL