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Photo of Old Hickory Lake by Vickie Porter FurmanikWelcome to Old Hickory Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District welcomes you to Old Hickory Lake.

Located near Metropolitan Nashville, Tenn., the lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities to choose from including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, and water skiing. The numerous species of wildlife here, including abundant populations of waterfowl and wading birds, make nature study and photography additional exciting pastimes.

Old Hickory Lake belongs to you. Treat your lake and the surrounding public lands with respect by keeping them clean. Everyone can enjoy Old Hickory Lake if he or she uses common sense and follows safety guidelines. Safety while swimming, wading, and boating is the responsibility of the individual. There are no lifeguards on duty at any time at our Corps of Engineers' recreation areas. Visitors must be aware of underwater hazards such as submerged stumps, logs, and rocks. Drop-offs may exist near the shore. Be especially careful near the shoreline, since depth of water may vary from time to time and place to place. Children should be closely supervised and wear life jackets while they are playing in or near the water. Enjoy yourself and have a safe visit.

Old Hickory Lake Announcements

Nashville District announces new firewood policy
Monday, March 06, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces a new firewood policy is now in effect, and seeks the public’s cooperation to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease at campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin. 

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Old Hickory Master Plan Finalized
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District at Old Hickory Lake is releasing its updated Master Plan.  The 2016 Master Plan and associated EA and signed FONSI is posted below.

For any questions pertaining to the 2016 Master Plan, please call the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office at (615)822-4846 or (615)847-2395. Old Hickory Lake Resource Manger's Office is located at 5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Old Hickory Master Plan, appendices available for review

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Master Plan and appendices are available here.

Old Hickory Lake Master Plan – January 13, 2016

Appendix A: Land Classification Plates

Appendix B: Park Plates  

Appendix C: Master Plan- Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

Appendix D: Comments and Responses

Appendix E: Old Hickory WMA- TWRA

Old Hickory Master Plan, appendices available for review

 

Old Hickory Lake News

Employees engineer ‘fun’ learning activities for ‘Bring Your Kids to Work Day’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2018) – Some very accomplished employees in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently engineered “fun” learning activities for “Bring Your Kids to Work Day.”
Published: 3/30/2018
Nashville District tames Cumberland River with the 'Old Locks'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2018) – Using wood coffer dams, primitive hand tools, A-frames and even animals to haul in supplies and stone blocks on tracks from nearby rock quarries, Army engineers constructed 15 navigation locks in the late 1800s and early 1900s to tame the Cumberland River for steamboats moving people and commerce throughout the region a century ago.
Published: 2/14/2018
Nashville District hosts ‘First Responders Day’ at Old Hickory Dam
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2018) – What would happen if a towboat and barge were commandeered and its hijackers threatened public safety while inside a Corps of Engineers navigation lock? First responders wrestled with this potential scenario during a tabletop exercise at Old Hickory Dam today.
Published: 2/1/2018
Nashville District commends graduates of Supervisory Training Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Lt. Col. Cullen A. Jones, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander and district engineer, commended a group of 15 graduates of the 2017 Supervisors Training Program class today at the Nashville District Headquarters, in Nashville, Tenn.
Published: 1/22/2018
Nashville District celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2018) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2018. The Nashville District formed from the Chattanooga District to construct a series of locks and dams on the Cumberland River. Army Special Order 191 created the district Aug. 18, 1888, and Lt. Col. John W. Barlow took command.
Published: 1/18/2018

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