US Army Corps of Engineers
Nashville District

J. Percy Priest Lake

J. Percy Priest Lake

Welcome to J. Percy Priest Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District welcomes you to J. Percy Priest Lake.  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 participate in including fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. Because of the lake's proximity to Nashville (15 minutes from downtown) lakeside recreation can fit nicely into your other vacation plans.

J. Percy Priest Lake belongs to you, so keep it clean and attractive!

Enjoy your visit by staying safe on the water and in the recreation areas. Please remember that the buoys on the lake may move off station due to extreme weather, lake level fluctuations, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Boaters should use navigation maps and/or GPS in order to avoid potential hazards on the lake.

J. Percy Priest Lake Announcements

Bell Road Closures Announced Over J. Percy Priest Dam

Attention!! Dam Closure Announcement!!  Access to Bell Road over the dam will be closed to make needed repairs on the dates and times listed.

If you have any questions regarding the closure please call the J. Percy Priest Lake Resource Manager's Office at 615-889-1975.

*June 3-6 (closing 8:00 on the 3rd and opening 4:00 p.m. on the 6th)
*June 10-13 (closing 8:00-4:00 p.m. daily)
*June 17-20 (closing 8:00-4:00 p.m. daily)
*June 24-27 (closing 8:00-4:00 p.m. daily)
*July 1-4 (no closure)
*July 8-11 (closing 8:00-4:00 p.m. daily)
*July 15-18 (closing 8:00 on the 15th and opening 4:00 p.m. on the 18th)


Stewart Creek Paving Project

All, please be aware that Stewart Creek Boat Ramp will be closed beginning Monday, April 22, 2019 for re-paving.  Boaters will not be able to use the ramp during this time.  Fate Sanders Marina and Fate Sanders Recreation Area will be available to accommodate boaters. 


Nashville District announces new firewood policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces a new firewood policy is now in effect, and seeks the public’s cooperation to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease at campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin. 

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J. Percy Priest Lake News

Navarro named Nashville District Employee of the Month for March 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2019) – Luke Navarro, a Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) Pathways student, at the Cordell Hull Lake Resource Manager's Office is the Nashville District Employee March...
First responders work through security scenario at J. Percy Priest Dam
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 5, 2019) – First responders worked through a security scenario at J. Percy Priest Dam today to open communication channels and facilitate awareness of possible threats to...
Korthals named Nashville District Employee of the Month for February 2019
3/28/2019 UPDATED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 26, 2019) – Kate Korthals, engineering and computer aided drafting technician in the Soils and Dam Safety Branch in the Engineering and Construction Division, is the U.S. Army...
Music City mayor notes fascination of Old Hickory Dam in operation
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (Mar. 15, 2019) – The mayor of Music City visited Old HickoryDam today to see the power plant, navigation lock, and water releases, and noted how fascinating it is to see it in...
Keenum named Nashville District Employee of the Month for January 2019
3/13/2019 UPDATED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 11, 2019.) – Daniel Keenum, a Lock and Dam operator at the Wilson Lock, is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for January 2019. ...

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