NR-14-019: Old Hickory Lock navigation info provided for Independence Day

Published June 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2014) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is reminding all boaters that the operating hours at Old Hickory Lock on Independence Day is from 6 a.m. July 4 till 2 a.m. July 5.

Boaters wishing to lock through Old Hickory Lock should contact the lock master via radio on channels 13, 14 or 16, or call 615-847-3281 when approaching the project.

Old Hickory Lock is open 20 hours daily and is only closed from 2 to 6 a.m., seven days a week. No lockage of a vessel can begin if completion of the lockage will extend beyond the normal hours of operation.  This means the latest that boats will be allowed into the lock chamber is 1:30 a.m.  Commercial barge vessels have priority over recreational vessels and will be locked first.

As a courtesy, here is a list of boat ramps available to recreational boaters that prefer to use boat ramps downstream of Old Hickory Dam:

Boat Ramps in Davidson County below Old Hickory Dam

·       Left Bank Recreation Area (1250 Cinder Rd., Old Hickory, TN 37138)

·       E.N. Peeler Park (2043 Neeley's Bend Rd., Madison, TN 37115)

·       Stones River Access (3135 Heartland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214)

·       Lock 2 Park (2650 Lock 2 Rd., Nashville, TN 37214)

·       Shelby Park (401 South 20th Street, Nashville, TN, 37206)

·       Cleeces Ferry Left Bank Access Area (1001 Cleeces Ferry Rd., Nashville, TN 37209)

·       Cleeces Ferry Right Bank Access Area (3801 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN 37218)  


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Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 14-019