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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

Old Hickory Master Plan extended to Oct. 5, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Old Hickory Master Plan comment period has been extended to October 5, 2015 to allow for comments to be received on a change that was made on 17 September 2015 to the classification map for the future recreation site #401, Lincoya Girl Scout Camp. A new map has been added below with that update.


Written comments and requests will be accepted by emailed to CorpsLRNPlanningPublicCom@usace.army.mil or mailed to the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office at No. 5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.  All comments and requests must be received by the Resource Manager’s Office no later than Monday, October 5, 2015 to be considered.


Questions can be directed to the Resource Manager's Office at 615-822-4846.


Old Hickory Master Plan Draft, appendices available for review
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Old Hickory Lake News

Lebanon partners with Corps to study flood risk management in Bartons Creek watershed
LEBANON, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2015) – The city of Lebanon and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District held a signing ceremony today that signals the beginning of a Flood Risk Management Study of the Bartons Creek watershed. The study includes Bartons and Sinking Creeks and will look at measures to reduce flood risk as well as provide the city with new flood mapping for these streams.
Published: 11/19/2015
Imagery of 1939 flood on USACE Digital Library
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 6, 2015) – An old photo album with historical imagery from the February 1939 flood of the Cumberland River Basin is now available to the public on the Internet in the USACE Digital Library.
Published: 11/6/2015
Hydropower Optimization Increases Energy Production at Corps Plants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2015) - Aging hydroelectric generating units operated by the district at Dams in Kentucky and Tennessee have gone well beyond their typical design life of 35-40 years and are in much need of rehabilitation. Engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District are focused on a plan to revitalize and rehabilitate the units in the next 20 years.
Published: 9/18/2015
Mississippi River Commission gains fresh perspective of Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2015) – The Mississippi River Commission recently navigated the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to gain a fresh perspective for the development of plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River Basin, foster navigation, promote commerce, and reduce flood risk.
Published: 8/14/2015
Maintainers work to fully repair drained Old Hickory Lock
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (July 27, 2015) – Old Hickory Lock holds 19 million gallons of water when fully operational; however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently closed it to navigation and drained it for scheduled repairs.
Published: 7/27/2015

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