NR 15-08: Cheatham Lake opens up lock and powerhouse for public tours

Published May 1, 2015

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (May 1, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering the public free guided tours of Cheatham Lake’s Lock and Powerhouse.

Approximately 1 hour in length, tours are scheduled for May 30, June 27, July 18, and August 8 with tour start times of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Registered tour participants will be required to check in at the Right Bank Recreation Area, located at 1798 Cheatham Dam Road in Ashland City, Tenn., and receive a brief introduction prior to visiting the lock and powerhouse.

Cheatham Lake Resource Manager Larry Nash said it is the Nashville District’s mission to unlock the story of Cheatham Dam and its many benefits to the region and nation.

“Participants will be provided guided access to the lock, across the dam and inside the power plant where they can view the lock and the generators, and see the importance of navigation and hydropower generation to the community and the nation,” said Nash.

Tour size is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All guests including minors are required to submit a request form at least five days prior to the tour and receive an email confirmation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Security Office.

To obtain a tour request form and to learn more about the tours rules and details, please visit the Cheatham Lake website at or email form requests to . For more information, or for directions to Right Bank Recreation Area, please contact the Cheatham Lake Resource Manager’s Office at (615) 792-5697.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at  The public can also visit Cheatham Lake’s Facebook at .
Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 15-008