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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

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.


Old Hickory Lake News

Boaters can navigate to Corps of Engineers booth for lake info
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Boating enthusiasts attending the 29th annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow at Music City Center are encouraged to navigate to the Corps of Engineers booth to get important information about local lakes before embarking on the water this recreation season.
Published: 1/9/2015
Be prepared to fall into freezing water
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 6, 2015) – Falling into cold water when visiting a local waterway or lake during the winter can be deadly, so it’s important to be prepared and know what to do to survive.
Published: 1/6/2015
Warm up to these safety tips as frigid water chills and kills
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, and the Corps of Engineers urges everyone to practice boating and water safety this winter because frigid water chills and kills.
Published: 12/3/2014
NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa’s yuletide journey! The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, launched today featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Published: 12/1/2014
Fort Campbell soldier embraces future with Nashville District
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 24, 2014) – A Fort Campbell soldier and electronics technician who sustained multiple injuries during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan is making the most of an internship and job opportunity with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.
Published: 11/24/2014