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Old Hickory Lake

Welcome to Old Hickory Lake

A girl sailing with her family at Harbor Island Yacht Club, Mt. Juliet, Tenn on Old Hickory Lake (photo by Sean Theriot).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 Corps 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

One final chance this season to take a tour of Old Hickory Lock and Dam
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

There is only one final chance this season to take a guided tour through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Lake’s Navigation Lock and Powerhouse.  Approximately 60 minutes in length, the tour is scheduled for Aug. 31 with the only tour beginning at 11 a.m.

Tour size is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All guests including minors are required to submit a request form at least five business days prior to the tour and receive confirmation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Old Hickory Lake invites the public to lend their support in the restoration and refurbishment of local public lands by giving a helping volunteer hand on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Rockland Recreation Area, Hendersonville, Tenn. and at the Shutes Branch Mountain Bike Trail located within the old Shutes Branch Campground, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Volunteer projects include restriping Rockland and Station Camp Recreation Area parking areas, restoring and maintaining the Rockland Nature Trail, and trail maintenance and clean up at Shutes Branch Mountain Bike Trail. 

In appreciation for the volunteers efforts, Old Hickory Lake will provide lunch at Rockland Recreation Area’s shelter one and at the Shutes Branch Mountain Bike Trail.  To ensure enough food and drink is available for all participants, volunteers are asked to register at least seven days in advance.

Please note in the event of severe weather conditions, National Public Land’s Day events will be cancelled. No rain date is scheduled.

For more information about the different projects and to register, please contact Park Ranger Amy Redmond at (615)822-4846 or (615)847-2395.

Old Hickory Lake releases an updated Shoreline Management Plan
Friday, August 08, 2014

Old Hickory Lake has announced that the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division have approved the Lake’s Shoreline Management Plan, thus finalizing the review process. 

The Shoreline Management Plan can be reviewed and downloaded from the Old Hickory Lake website by clicking on the following link: 2014 Shoreline Management Plan.

Additionally, there are two other documents associated with the public meetings.  The first document is entitled, “Q’s and A’s for the 2014 Review”.  This document contains the Corps response to the questions received at the public meetings.  The second document entitled, “Shoreline Management Plan Area Review Summary 2014”, lists the decisions made for requested shoreline allocation changes on the lake.  This review determined the locations where private docks may be approved. 


If you have any questions regarding the Shoreline Management Plan update process, please contact the Old Hickory Lake Resource Managers office at (615) 822-4846 or 847-2395. Hard copies of the 2014 Shoreline Management Plan can also be picked up at the Resource Manager’s Office located at 5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Real Estate/License News
Monday, April 14, 2014

Shoreline License grantees may notice a change in the fees regarding their license items. After a review from our Real Estate Division of the current shoreline license program, it was observed that some shoreline licenses should be issued under a General Purpose License.  Items granted under the shoreline license program must be issued in conjunction with a Shoreline Use Permit. The Nashville District is working hard to correct these issues to be consistent with the Old Hickory Lake Shoreline Management Plan to help achieve a balance between private exclusive use and resource protection for the general public. Permit fees will remain the same at this time.  Fees and Fair Market Value associated with general purpose licenses will be established through an appraisal by the Real Estate Division.  Below is the new fee schedule for permits and shoreline licenses.   Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during this time.



Land Use / Mowing / Path

$   10.00

Boat Dock Only

$   30.00

Boat Dock and Land Use / Mowing / Path

$   30.00

RipRap (Bank Stabilization)

No Fee


Utility Right-Of-Way (electric line, freshwater line, etc.)


Water Withdrawal (non-potable)


Approved steps and walkways


Personal Lift (for persons with disabilities)


Administration Fee for License Items

$350.00 - $500.00

Fees for other license items are determined by Real Estate Appraisal.

Shoreline Management Plan Update-Comment Period
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Now through Feb. 15, 2014 is Old Hickory Lake's Shoreline Management Plan Update comment period.  We are collecting questions, comments, and requests to assist us in meeting our goal of effective and balanced long-range management of the shoreline resources of the lake.

Please send us letters of your comments, questions, and requests to:

Resource Manager
Old Hickory Lake
No. 5 Power Plant Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075

All persons that include their name and address with their letters will receive a Q/A packet answering all questions, comments, and requests that were submitted prior to the cut off date of the comment period.

If you have any questions please give the office a call at 615-822-4846 or 847-2395.

Old Hickory Lock Closes at 10 p.m., July 4, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lockages of commercial and pleasure crafts will continue to adhere to normal hours of operation (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) on July 4 due to sequestration.

The time necessary to lock a craft through and to secure the lock at the end of the shift will require that no pleasure craft lockage to begin within the last 45 minutes of operation.

Commercial barge vessels have priority over recreational vessels and will be locked first. 

For information pertaining to the boat ramp access below the dam please click here to view our news release.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause for any Old Hickory Lake boater.


Old Hickory Lake News

Kaiser assumes command of Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
CINCINNATI (Sept. 26, 2014) – Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division during a ceremony here today.
Published: 9/26/2014
Tennessee formalizes Silver Jackets Program with charter signing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2014) – Federal, state and local agencies formalized an official partnership to promote flood risk reduction today by signing the Tennessee Silver Jackets Charter during a ceremony at Metro Nashville’s Development Services Center.
Published: 9/23/2014
Nashville District showcasing historical maps from 1800s
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2014) – An 1874 military map of Middle Tennessee and 1888 map of Muscle Shoals were recently restored and replicas of them are now being showcased in the Barlow Conference Room located at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.
Published: 9/16/2014
Coast Guard wants boaters to be safe before leaving the dock
Before casting off from the dock, U.S. Coast Guard officials want boaters to be cautious and prepared to make the cruise more enjoyable and to reduce the risk of incidents on the water.
Published: 9/10/2014
Nashville District showcases its projects for world’s hydropower experts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 24, 2014) – During HydroVision International, the world’s largest hydro event, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District showcased its projects in Tennessee and Kentucky, which supported the professional development of conference attendees.
Published: 7/24/2014