Details for Hales Bar Marina and Resort

Hales Bar Marina and Resort

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Average rating 3.0 stars from 32 reviews

Address 1265 Hales Bar Rd.
Guild, TN 37340


After hours contact

423-939-0494 Karen

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Susan Kean



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Credit or Debit Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Safest approach going upstream is to go to the East of the rockpiles at MM 430 (Chart TN 063). Coming Downstream, continue on the sailing line until MM 430 before rounding the rock piles and turning back North.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 15
Fuel dock: 17

Other depth info: Depths at low pool.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2014-09-21)

Other price info: Transient price same year round. No discounts for anything.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Not available at all the slips.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: No ethanol.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Exchange a tank is $19.59+ tax.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out










Yes - One washer and no dryer.




No - The Restaurant is currently closed, December 2012.


No - They sell beer at the marina.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Floating Cabins and land based cabins.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - Travel Lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Dry Storage.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Reported to be working sporadically as of 08-01-2012.

Boat ramp availability


No - Courtsey car no longer available, August 2012.

Other services

Pool and goofy golf.


Reviews for Hales Bar Marina and Resort
Friendly, Good location, 2016-10-28
Captain: , Lake Burton, GA (130)

I launched at the public ramp just south of the marina on 10/22 to cruise the gorge to Chattanooga. After launching, stopped at the marina for for supplies, etc. The staff and dock master were very helpful. They told me if I needed anything they were here to help. Very narrow and shallow entering . Line up with the white building across the river and the north end of the dock where the floating cabins are, there is a long shoal that runs parallel to the docks about 50' off the dock.
Idle along the cabin dock until reaching the end. Gas dock and store are behind the cabin dock.

It's Doable!!, 2016-10-26
Captain: , Somerville, TN (201)

I was initially concerned about getting in and out with our DeFever 53 and it's 4'8" draft.

After talking to other boaters with local knowledge we easily came in and secured for the night.

Don't expect anyone from the marina to help but local liveaboards came over to catch a line. Southern hospitality and all!

If traveling upstream be sure to put the barge pilings on your Port!! We entered coming upstream and saw 5 feet under the keel as we went between the barge pilings and the shoreline. If traveling downstream be sure to go past the marina before turning back to the marina.

The water gets deeper as you get closer to the marina.

GREAT Experience! , 2016-06-03
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (120)

We had a great experience!Valerie and all the staff were very courteous and helpful. Gave us great instructions regarding approach to the Marina. Nicole in Ship Store was very welcoming. The Store was neat and well-stocked with food, Marina supples and sundries, including propane tank exchange. Easy power and water hookup on the docks. Restrooms and showers were very clean - and air conditioned. Good, reasonably priced restaurant with nice atmosphere. We enjoyed fabulous pizza that night.
There is new management and it is clear that Tony's leadership has this operation moving in the right direction. We look forward to visiting again.
We are 44' with 4.5 draft.

Consider Anchoring if you can, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Currently living aboard and cruising the Gulf Coast (260)

The staff really could care less if you stayed or not. As for the Wi-fi, it is available only if you sit on the front porch of the office which is a couple of hundred feet from the nearest dock. And ditto about the slips not having protection around the quare tuning as you enter.

Needs some better management., 2015-06-26
Captain: , Kingston Tennessee (121)

The best thing I can say about this marina is that it is close to some really great anchorages . . .use one.

not as bad as reviews make it, 2014-10-26
Captain: , Holland (270)

we decided to try this marina. it is not as bad as the reviews but is not for high maintenence types. the whole operation is loosy goosey. $1/foot, 2 heads with showers, washer and dryer are a bit of a walk from dock. get instructions for entry and exit as there are some rocks. there are big boats there, we were next to a 40 sedan. there is a small store and restaurant with limited hours this time of year. their website makes the place look great.

Good Stop In or Out of Canyon, 2014-09-22
Captain: , Louisville, KY (301)

Filled up after trip through the Tennessee River gorge from Chattanooga. Used their nice showers because none are available at Chattanooga riverfront. Didn't buy fuel at Chattanooga because of that lack of facility.

Not for us...., 2014-08-14
Captain: , Knoxville, Tennessee (230)

We are just now passing this on our way back to Knoxville, so thought I'd write a review on our Oct. 2012 visit. We had a terrible time negotiating the entrance. Very narrow with exposed boulders everywhere, and we saw no channel markers. We actually had to back out at one point and called to get instructions as we were running out of water. We got assigned a tight metal slip with no bumpers. Chose to stay on T and still got our get coat scratched. Staff not very helpful, and diesel pump was very, very slow.

Not impressed, 2014-08-13
Captain: , Soddy Daisy, Tn. (80)

Tried to move us from a slip still available from our use 6 days earlier. Indicated they would meet us ar the slip to help. Never showed. Employees not really interested.

Just a board in the water, 2013-10-22
Captain: , Charleston, SC (72)

Docks are nice, but no restaurant close enough to go to, no delivery available and only one washer but no dryer in the laundry. OK if all you want is a dock to tie to for the evening.

Confusion to Start, 2013-10-21
Captain: , St. Clair, Michigan (456)

Good Protection form the river. Nice and quite. We had 4 boats come in together and 3 had reservations. All we assigned slips with no advice on how to get to the slips. We had to ask because the docks are not labeled from the water side. Some of the slips were full or the finger docks had kayacks and other items on them. When the marina was advised that the slip was occupied, the response was that the was supposed to be empty. Only one out of the 4 ended up in what had been the assigned slip.
Good Grass area for walking the dog. We would probably stay here again now that we know more about the place and what to expect.

not too good, 2013-10-13
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (778)

Stayed on our way to Chattanooga. Old docks, rebar and cement every where. Not planning on returning.

Chattanooga trip, 2013-09-06
Captain: , Bayhill marina (40)

We stopped at Hales Marina on our way to Chattanooga. Great place with friendly staff. We made several new friends here and stopped again on our way home. We will defintely return for a visit.

If you are into history & architecture, this is for you., 2013-07-24
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

The relic of a pre-TVA power plant built to impress, but out of asbestus, precludes its restoration & conversion into a fabulous property. Floating covered docks are mostly populated by gregarious & gracious locals who come down for the weekend barbecue. Staff not focused on transient boaters, but not foun negative otherwise.
Lacking signage and local knowledge, watch out for the exposed bolt heads and reebar on the floating pier that faces down river at the point of arrival. The rubber molding they have applied does not begin to serve any intended purpose. Carry on to the fuel dock/office inside the floating complex.

Hales Bar Marina MM-431, 2013-05-06
Captain: , Cadiz, KY (40)

You do get water, Electric, & Cable for $1.00 ft. but thats all. Office didn't seem to care if you stayed there or not. We had to buy a battery and the ships store guy did bring it down to the boat.

Just an Update from Us, 2012-12-14
Captain: , 1265 Hales bar rd Guild, TN 37340 (31)

The new management and staff of Hales Bar Marina are painfully aware of the short-comings of the facility in the past. We would however, like to urge everyone to stop by and give us another try. The all-new staff here really cares about the well-being of the marina and takes pride in helping the new management remodel, restore, and renew the marina. We have addressed the cable, water, and wi-fi issues on the docks; the office staff is much better organized and more knowledgeable. So even if you've been here in the past, come back and give us another try. We have and will continue to make Hales Bar Marina a better place.

They were having a very bad marina day, 2012-08-01
Captain: , jackson, TN (884)

We hit this marina on a day when there was a management change and the whole operation was pathetically confused and inefficient.
They had lost our reservation, could not tell us where to dock for 20 minutes and we finally just tied up at an empty dock. In the management change they had pulled the computer out of the dock office and moved it up the hill. It took the lady 25 minutes to hike up the hill, run our credit card and return with a receipt. I asked the new store manger if they still had a courtsey car and he siad "what's that". I asked for a looper, Boat US or Military discount and was told the new owners don't discount anything. The store manager could not tell me about wi-fi, diesel or gas prices (by the way all pumps are broken at the moment) and could not even give me the combination to the gate to get back on the dock to my boat. Pathetic. It goes on, but you get the idea. This place is screwed up to a fair- thee- well. Hopefully they will get their act together. As of 8-1-12, beware and avoid !

A bit run down, carefully follow guide books for entry, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Covered docks available but absolutely no dock help. Even coming in, we could not determine where to put our boat. Finally some live aboards helped us find a slip. The pool, mini golf, restaurant (open on weekends) & RV park were in poor condition. Cable & electricity were in good order. Old Hale's Bar lock info is interesting. Would stay here if lock detained, otherwise go all the way to Chattanooga

Nice stop., 2012-05-22
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (554)

Very helpful staff. Their VHF basically gives you static so they came out in a runabout to guide me in. Call them first on your cell phone as you approch so they can be of assistance. The VHF has been an issue for quit some time and I don't understand why they don't fix it. Can't rate the restuarant as it was closed during the week while we were there ( April)

OK BY US TO STAY HERE, 2011-10-12
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (343)

Not sure I would call it a resort, but as a marina it's fine. Staff helped us onto dock, 50 amp electricty has been fine so far. Getting into the marina is no problem with a little basic boating knowledge, i.e read the chart and follow the guide. Wifi and cable at the pier.

Not so bad, 2011-09-26
Captain: , Seabrook TX (100)

In spite of poor reviews we decided to try the marina and found it to be an acceptable stop at a convenient location. Staff personnel were friendly and helpful, 50amp power worked fine on the transient dock. If you need a rest and dont mind a not-so-fancy stop it works. The old abandoned dam structure is interesting to check out. 9/22/11

Be careful of this place!, 2011-09-17
Captain: , Louisiana (554)

The marina has really deteriorated in the last couple years, mostly due to mismanagement. Note previous post about tricky entrance to marina. Recent fire in the marina and destruction of a floating dock - all within 7 months - gives cause for concerns for safety.
Restaurant on site is owned by marina, but has new manager. Quality of food and service has been erratic, at best.
Marina gas and diesel pumps only flow 1 gpm or less - best to get your fuel elsewhere. They have run out of gas several times this summer.
Electric power on the two new docks, including transient docks, is inadequate for large boats. Boats must load-share, and even then, dock circuit breakers overheat & trip.
I would plan my trip to bypass this marina.

covered transient dock- tricky entrance, 2011-02-16
Captain: , Georgia (125)

Stayed last weekend as a transient- got a covered slip on a nice dock. My son enjoyed playing Putt Putt! Entrance channel really should be marked. We went downstream of the marina to just below the last rock pile which is currently (February 2011) just downstream from the floating barges rafted together in the channel there (one of them is the stage used for concerts in Chattanooga so you can't miss it). Once you are downstream of the rafted barges, go just below that rock pile downstream and then go back up to the marina entrance. A secondary channel marker would be great for folks unfamiliar with the marina entrance! Marina monitors Channel 68 but I found their transmissions had lots of static- cell phone was better.

Life savers, 2010-08-08
Captain: , Dalton, GA (135)

Our destination today was Hales Bar Marina and their restaurant %u201CThe Galley%u201D. We%u2019d heard some bad things about the place, but we liked the distance of the trip, the ride and wanted to try it outselves. It took us around 2 hours to make it to the Marina, we didn%u2019t blast it there we just cruised at a good clip and enjoyed it. We arrived a little before the Galley opened and went up river passed the Nickajack Lock and came back up river, called in for the best place to tie up.

We tied up at the Ships Store, checked in and walked over to eat. The atmosphere was about what you%u2019d expect from a converted barge to look like a paddle boat. The waitress was super friendly. We ordered and it wasn%u2019t too long before we got our food. My wife said her burger was excellent. I know my hamburger stake was very good. My daughter enjoyed her mini burgers and son liked his nuggets.

The food quality was what you%u2019d expect from any greasy spoon, pretty good groceries and a really neat setting and good service. The prices were a little on the high side, but you were eating on the river at a resort.

After eating we went back to the boat and when I got there with the bow raised at a 20 degree angle and the stern in the water bad. I first thought I tied the back too tight, but when I saw the water I was sunk. I jumped in turned on the bilge and tried to get the water down. I spoke to the staff about a pump but they did not have one, but told me we could pull her out of the water and check the plug (I had already checked to ensure it had not fallen out and it had not). I tried to fire her but she%u2019d idle but not motor her way over to the lift, so I got a tow over and we brought her out of the water.

I dropped the plug, she was tight, and tons of water started flowing out, it drained water for a solid 30 minutes or better. Eric, who was super helpful, checked over and found my boot had been torn and that had caused the water issue.

So here we were my wife, children, her friend and me, 30 or 40 miles from my truck, a boat that we could not head back up river in and the mechanic was off for the day. I was unsure what we%u2019d do, until Eric volunteered to drive me to my truck. Very happy for the help, we took off for my truck in North Chattanooga from Hales, Tennessee. An hour later we arrived back with my truck and started getting my trailer ready to be loaded. My wife and children were allowed to relax in a cabin while this all went on.

As bummed as I was about the boot, the help and staff at the marina were awesome. The ride up was awesome, the meal was great and what is better than a day on the water with your wife and kids?

Hales Bar October, 2009, 2010-03-16
Captain: , Wallhamn, Sweden (88)

Our last stop after a week up and down the river. The other reviews highlight the difficult approach and hazards. Read and heed. We listened to VHF between marina and arriving upstream boat, it wasn't very helpful so you are on your own. The restaurant was open, but marginal at best. Next time we'll fire up the grill. Friendly and very helpful staff for fueling and pump out. Facility is in great condition, small ships stores with basics. You can work up an appetite with a stroll up over the hill to great views of the river below. Nice place to stay once you manage to get to your slip.

Place to stop over, 2009-12-02
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

water, elect and wifi. not much open in winter, unless it is the weekend.

Good Marina but Caution on your approach !, 2009-01-15
Captain: , Ft Loudon Marina, TN (2)

When approaching Marina, there are rocks and sunken railroad tracks between the sailing line and marina. When traveling down-river, Proceed to MM 430 and Make a U-turn behind Rock Piles marked on Chart. At Low pool, depth on approach 8-10 ft.

Little or no Cellular Signal but Marina Provided free Wifi access. Cell signal returns near I-24 Bridge

Area on Central Time (GMT-6)

Cuaton on Approach ! -Good Marina, Weak Cellular but Free WiFi, 2009-01-15
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (1788)

When approaching Marina, there are rocks and sunken railroad tracks between the sailing line and marina. When traveling down-river, Proceed to MM 430 and Make a U-turn behind Rock Piles marked on Chart. At Low pool, depth on approach 8-10 ft.Little or no Cellular Signal but Marina Provided free Wifi access. Cell signal returns near I-24 BridgeArea on Central Time (GMT-6)

Nice Stop, 2007-09-23
Captain: , North GA Mountains (649)

Nice stop, Stayed in Floating cabins.

Nice stop, 2007-07-22
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1236)

This is a good place to stop before cruising through the Gorge and on to Chattanooga. Restaurant has good Catfish.
Didn't have to boil any drinking water. Been here many time and never have.

Good stopoff enroute!, 2007-02-22
Captain: , Snellville, GA (162)

Good repair yard and Marina. Lots of new covered slips!

Letitia - Nickajack Marina, 2007-02-14
Captain: , Austin, Tx (1257)

It is at the right place and the docks are good BUT, the advertized courtesy car did not exist, it is far from any stores, and you had to boil any potable water . Finger piers short for 49' LOA 6-8-06

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