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We know you may have questions. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answers you need here, please feel free to message us directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your RV Campground sites all the same or are some better than others?

Answer: All of our RV sites are full concrete and have sewer onsite, along with connections for water, cable, and 30- and 50-amp power. All are level and 40-feet long to accommodate recreational vehicles. The only real difference is that the Marina side RV sites are on the waterfront while the newer ones are farther back from the lake shore next to our new Lodge and swimming pool (costing $20 less). These amenities are included in the rates, along with ramp access and parking. There are bathhouses on site for guests located beside the General Store on the Marina side that are open 24/7 with on-demand hot water.

What are your rates?

Answer: You can find current pricing information on our rates page. Prices vary according to the time of year when you visit us. The High Season is March through October when we require a minimum 2-Night Stay on Lodge stays no minimum on RV sites. Demand for accommodations slows down between November and February when you can save some money compared to busier times of the year. We also have higher rates per night during holiday periods for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

What time can we check in?

Check-in time for the Lodge and Duplex Cabin 4 pm onwards. Check-out time is 10:30 am. The Check-In time for the RV campground is 12 am noon with Check-Out time at 11 am. Day Use/late check-out is subject to availability at a charge percentage of the daily rate.

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Are dogs allowed?

Answer: Yes, with a $75 pet fee per stay in the Lodge and Duplex Cabin. Pets are allowed in the RV Park at no charge. Now you don’t have to leave a member of your family behind when you stay on the water. Just be sure to let us know when booking your room so we can make sure your pet also has a good experience once you arrive.

Does Bluewater have in-room kitchens?

Answer: Yes, our Lodge and duplex Cabin accommodations make it easy for you to save on food while visiting the area by letting you prepare your own meals. We’re also happy to recommend some of the excellent restaurants in the Dayton TN area.

Does Bluewater offer Laundry Service?

Answer: Yes, all Lodge guests are issued keys that work for the laundry room, which is available for guests at no cost. There is an $8 fee for RV guests to use the laundry facilities. Guests should bring their own detergent if they specifically plan to use the laundry room.

So Bluewater doesn’t offer daily turn down service by housekeeping?

Answer: No, we do not. In that sense, Bluewater is more like a condo rental than a traditional hotel.

Does Bluewater offer WiFi?

Answer: Yes, we have free wireless Internet service across the property. Hopefully you’ll get outside to enjoy the great outdoors, but we understand you need some alone time with your gadgets once you’ve spent some time reconnecting with nature

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Are there any wheelchair accessible accommodations at Bluewater?

Answer: Yes! When we built our new Lodge, we made all rooms wheelchair accessible. We even have one room, C4, with a built-in shower specifically for those with mobility issues. We want everyone to be able to stay on the water and enjoy the tranquility of Chickamauga Lake.

Can I purchase gasoline at Bluewater?

Answer: We sell 89 octane 100% gas. No ethanol.

When is the General Store open? What can I buy there?

Answer: We sell bait during the season, as well as line and limited food and beverages. Minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers are among the available bait. The General Store is open seven days a week. Call us at 423-775-3265 for store hours Additionally, we are just minutes away from Wal-Mart, Lowes, and other Dayton TN shops.

What are the Pool hours?

Answer: Guests can access the pool from 9 am to 9 pm. There is no lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risks. We ask that parents do not leave children unsupervised in the pool. The pool may be closed during some time periods when our Lodge-side Pavilion is rented for private events. We will do our best to accommodate your time enjoying the pool! Please be respectful of other guests and help us to keep the pool and Pavilion in top shape.

Can I use Bluewater’s Pool, Pavilions, Pond, Playground, and/or Boat Ramp if I am not a guest?

Answer: These facilities and amenities are intended for paying guests of Bluewater Lodge, RV Resort and Marina.

Can I park my boat at Bluewater?

Answer: We have 3 different boat slips available seasonally, covered and uncovered, ranging from $100-$450 per month, depending on the size and type of dock.

Can someone teach me how to fish?

Answer: USCG Licensed Captain Billy Wheat, owner of Rip-Rap Fishing Adventures Guide Service, launches from Bluewater. Rates are $200 for up to 2 people for 4 hours of fishing or $300 for up to 2 people for 8 hours. Rates go up for each additional person after 2, and with follow boats tagging along. To book your guided fishing adventure with Captain Wheat at Bluewater, call (423) 987-2606 or email him at [email protected].

What is Bluewater’s cancellation policy?

For Lodge stays, we keep a 1-night deposit fee for any reservations canceled within 7 days of the stay. If the reservation is canceled before the 7-day mark, we fully refund the deposit. For RV reservations, there is a 1 night, nonrefundable deposit on all stays, regardless of the time of the cancellation.

What is there to DO in Dayton besides fishing?

Answer: We have some events listed on our attractions page https://www.bluewaterdayton.com/dayton-tn-attractions/ if you need ideas. Dayton is also great for hiking, shopping, golfing, geocaching, and visiting historic locations like Bryan College or the courthouse where the Scopes Trial happened.

Still have questions?

Contact Lodge Manager Barron Wilson at [email protected] or call us at (423) 775-3265 during business hours (8-6).

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We recently stayed at Bluewater Campground for about ten days and absolutely loved it. I had arranged ahead of time with the Campground Manager that twelve motorhomes would be in my group! We also wanted to be together in a group since some are handicapped. Everything was perfect! The views, hospitality, all the ammenities were great! Treat your self and try this little piece of Paridise tucked away in a wonderful little town! Tell them Muffin sent you!

Brilorna on TripAdvisor

This is a great place to stage your motorcycle tour of the Trail of Tears, Fall Creek Falls, Tale of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway and the Smoky Mountain area. Clean, quiet, and convenient. Dayton, TN is a nice little town with a lot of historical significance, some good restaurants, antique and gift stores without typical tourist traps. Pretty and scenic!

- Lois Eltz

One of the nicest campgrounds we've had the pleasure of staying in the last three years. Everything about this place is nice from the grounds, restrooms and laundry, to the great people that own and run this place. Can't say enough good things about staying here. That said, the road leading to the campground is tad intimidating, but once you're here you'll be glad you made the choice. As an aside, the fishing is excellent as well.

- David Corbett

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