Day Use Fees
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at J. Percy Priest Lake charges a day use fee at selected recreation areas. The areas on J. Percy Priest Lake charging these fees are Cook Day Use and Anderson Road Day Use. These two areas offer sand swimming beaches, playgrounds, launching ramps, bathrooms, picnic sites and picnic shelters. The fees are $5.00 per private vehicle per day or $20 per commercial vehicle per day. Current Golden Age and Golden Access Passport holders and America the Beautiful Interagency Senior & Access Pass holders will receive free use of these parks; however, please note that the America the Beautiful pass discounts do not apply on commercial vehicles.
Payment of the fee will permit the use of similar day use facilities at any Corps project on the date of payment. A paid camping permit from a Corps operated campground will entitle the holder to use any designated day use facility without paying the day user fee on the day for which the camping permit is valid.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Day Use Annual Passes are available for sale at the J. Percy Priest Lake Visitor Center, at Anderson Road Day Use Area, and at Cook Day Use Area. Annual Passes cost $40.00. The Annual Pass provides free admission to all similar day use facilities at any Corps project. It does not provide any discount at campgrounds or other federal agencies.
The America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass will be sold beginning January 1, 2016 at the J. Percy Priest Lake Visitor Center, Anderson Road Day Use, and Cook Day Use. The pass costs $80 and covers entrance to Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees and to USACE, Forest Service, Burea of Land Management, and Bureau of Land Reclamation sites that charge Standard Amenity Fees.
Note: Not all recreational facilities on J. Percy Priest Lake are operated by the Corps of Engineers and thus the recreational fees charged, if any, are not necessarily compatible. Therefore, a camping permit or an entrance pass from Nashville Shores will not admit you into Cook Day Use Area. An Annual Pass for State Parks issued by Long Hunter will not admit you to Anderson Road Day Use Area. Likewise a permit or pass issued by the Corps will not necessarily admit you into Nashville Shores or Long Hunter State Park.
America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass
ATTENTION: Please call the J. Percy Priest Lake Visitor Center at 615-889-1975 to see if passes are still in-stock before driving to the park.
For more information regarding purchase of an America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass, please visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html or contact 1-888-ASK-USGS and press 1 (888-275-8747, option 1).
Beginning January 1, 2016, the Corps of Engineers is authorized to sell the America the Beautiful Interagency Senior and Access Passes. The Access Pass will only be sold at the J. Percy Priest Lake Visitor Center. Customers wishing to obtain this pass must have a medically determined permanent disability that severly limits one or more major life activities. Proof of permanent disability may be in the form of a signed statement from a licensed physician, or a document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, or a document issued by a state agency such as the vocational rehabilitation agency.
Lifetime Senior Passes may be acquired at the J. Percy Priest Lake Visitor Center, Anderson Road Day Use, and Cook Day Use for an $80 fee. An annual senior pass may be purchased for $20. To verify proof of age and U.S. residency, the purchaser must show a valid driver's license, passport, birth certificate, or permanent resident card (green card). Senior Passes may be sold to U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are 62 years of age or older. They are valid for the lifetime of the pass holder.
Both pass types provide the pass owner a 50% discount at Corps of Engineers campgrounds and free entrance into the day use facilities on J. Percy Priest Lake.
Annual Pass for Military
The Annual Pass for Military is a free pass for current U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper identification. The cost is free. Current U.S. Military personnel and their dependents with proper military identification qualify for this benefit. The DoD has identified the 2 forms of ID (CAC card and Form 1173) as the only way to determine if someone qualifies for this benefit. The Annual Pass for the Military is honored at Corps day use areas charging fees on J. Percy Priest Lake. They are also issued at the Resource Manager's Office.
Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass
The Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass is free for U.S. 4th grade students and covers entrance and standard amenity fees (day use fee). The pass is obtained by the student exchanging an Every Kid in a Park voucher for the pass. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning September of the year that the student begins 4th grade. More information can be found at the Every Kid in a Park website. The Every Kid in a Park Pass provides free entrance at Corps day use areas. Passes may be obtained at the Resource Manager's Office.