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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

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.

Rockland Recreation Area Shelters Are Now Available Online!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

All Rockland Recreation Area shelters have been added to the National Recreation Reservation Service gateway.

Information, fees, interactive maps and photos of each of the shelters, as well as, reservations (up to twelve months in advance for Rockland Recreation Area shelters only) can be made by visiting the NRRS online reservation site at or by calling the toll-free reservation line at 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 AM - Midnight EST).

Shelter keys for the kitchen in Shelter # 2A will still need to be picked up at the Resource Manager’s Office Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. of the week prior to a weekend reservation.

All Rockland shelter reservations obtained prior to the shelter launch date on the NRRS gateway will be honored and have been transferred to the new reservation system.

For more information, please contact Park Ranger Noel Smith at (615)822-4846 or (615)847-2395.


Old Hickory Lake News

Local, state, federal agencies continue building Tennessee Silver Jackets partnership
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (April 9, 2014) – Local, state and federal agencies met at Old Hickory Dam today to collaborate and facilitate partnerships being developed in Tennessee in the Silver Jackets program, which promotes cohesive solutions and synchronizes plans and policies.
Published: 4/9/2014
Great lakeside camping awaits visitors at Corps campgrounds in 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2014) – People who love fresh air and enjoy beautiful lakeside views should make time this year to stay at one of the 25 campgrounds nestled along the Cumberland River and its tributaries that are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.
Published: 4/8/2014
STEM freshmen learn their lesson at Old Hickory Dam
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (March 7, 2014) – More than 20 ninth graders from Stratford STEM Magnet High School received educational lessons about water management on the Cumberland River and its tributaries, ecosystems for big rivers and small streams, hydropower operations, navigation and water safety on a field trip Feb. 27 at Old Hickory Dam.
Published: 3/7/2014
Prep student shadows Nashville District engineers for STEM experience
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2014) –A sophomore student from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., participated in a engineer shadow program today with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering Branch and shadowed Nashville District engineers.
Published: 3/6/2014
Corps rangers safeguarding lake boundaries through shoreline management
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2014) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Park Rangers at Old Hickory Lake and Lake Cumberland take pride in their work checking boundary markers, natural environmental protection areas and maintaining environmental wetlands around the Lake Cumberland and Old Hickory lakes.
Published: 2/21/2014

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