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Welcome to Old Hickory Lake

Photo by Luke Bryan R - Winning photo of the Old Hickory Lake Tear-Off Map Photo ContestThe 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.

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Old Hickory Lake News

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group tours Old Hickory hydropower plant
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2015) – Some of the country’s most powerful people visited Old Hickory Power Plant today as participants in a Federal Utility Partnership Working Group tour.
Published: 4/23/2015
Life Jacket is your best ‘security blanket’ when boating
“Did you know most car accidents occur within five miles of your home? That's why I moved!” Comedian Jay Leno used this joke in one of his opening monologues several years ago. Since then, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it. The trouble is accidents are no laughing matter and they usually happen when you least expect it.
Published: 4/22/2015
Coast Guard, National Safe Boating Council remind mariners on importance of EPIRBs
NEW ORLEANS (April 6, 2015) – The Coast Guard and National Safe Boating Council remind recreational boaters of the importance of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons in conjunction with 406Mhz Beacon Awareness Day.
Published: 4/6/2015
Vacationers invited to go camping in the Cumberland River basin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2015) – Vacationers are invited to go camping this recreation season at one of 25 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District campgrounds conveniently located at eight lakes within the Cumberland River basin.
Published: 4/2/2015
Employees overcome winter storms to keep river projects operating
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2015) – Snow and ice blanketed the Cumberland and Tennessee River basins twice over the past month, which severely hampered travel in rural areas. Despite winter’s effect on transportation, it did not prevent a handful of very dedicated Corps of Engineers employees from going above and beyond to keep hydropower plants operating and navigation locks open for the movement of commerce.
Published: 3/12/2015