Do you prefer your boating on a river's flowing waters or a serene lake? If you visit or move to the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area, you can change your mind every day. Ok, Chickamauga Lake is an impoundment of the Tennessee River, but it feels like a lake for its nearly 60-mile length. Boaters love it, especially around the south end, closest to Chattanooga. Booker T. Washington State Park, on Chickamauga Lake, has boat launch ramps for those drawn to fishing, skiing and pleasure riding. Picnic sites, including three pavilions big enough for 60 people each, are sprinkled throughout the 353 acres. On the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Harbor Lights Marina has inside (dry) storage and deepwater, open and sheltered wet slips. Living in town, you have your pick of ways to have your boat safely stowed and ready to go. The Tennessee River Blueway, always there but officially established only about 10 years ago, stretches for more than 45 miles from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam, passing through Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle to their heart's content, sharing the river with commercial barges, bass boats and recreational boats. Launch sites and campsites are sprinkled along the blueway.