Boat Lifts Old Hickory Lake – Hendersonville, TN

Boat Lifts Old Hickory Lake – Hendersonville, TN
615-622-7368 Ext. 8219
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Old Hickory Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beginning January, 1952. The dam was closed and the filling of the lake began June 11, 1954. The lock opened to navigation June 14, 1954 and electrical power began production April 5, 1957. The total cost of the project was $48,681,700.

The total length of Old Hickory Dam is 3,750 feet; 145 feet of that being the navigation lock, 2,870 feet of earth and embankment, 355 feet of spillway, and the balance of 380 feet consisting of the powerhouse intake section. At the dam, there is a lock that was constructed for navigation purposes which has a maximum lift of 63 feet from below the dam to above the dam, with a chamber size of 84 feet by 400 feet.

Construction of the dam took 460,800 cubic yards of concrete; 1,650,600 cubic yards of earth excavation; 169,000 cubic yards of rock excavation; 432,600 cubic yards of earth fill; and 18,900 cubic yards of rock fill and riprap.

The elevation of the reservoir at maximum pool level, which covers an area of 22,500 acres, is 445 feet above sea level. The normal minimum pool, which covers an area of 19,550 acres, is 442 feet above sea level. The backwater length of the reservoir at the top of the gate level (mainstream) is 97.3 miles long. Old Hickory Reservoir at maximum pool has 440 miles of shoreline and contains 467,000 acre feet of water. The water shed area (the area of land from which the water feeds the lake) covers 11,674 square miles.

Old Hickory Dam is located on the Cumberland River at mile 216.2, and is in Davidson and Sumner Counties, Tennessee, 25.5 miles upriver from Nashville. The counties surrounding Old Hickory Lake include Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale, and Smith Counties.

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Welcome to Old Hickory Lake!

Old Hickory Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Tennessee.  Old Hickory Lake is very popular for fishing, camping, and recreational boating.  There are many wonderful parks surrounding the lake.  You can also find plenty of full service marinas around the lake.  Whatever your outdoor interest may be, you can find something fun to do at Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee.


Located in north central Tennessee, Old Hickory Lake is a reservoir formed by Old Hickory Lock and Dam. It is located on the Cumberland River at mile 216.2 in Davidson and Sumner counties. Its location is about 25 miles upstream from Nashville. It is the mainstream storage impoundment found on the Cumberland River.

The town of Old Hickory, which is part of the Nashville metro area, is on the lake’s southern side while Hendersonville is on the northern side of the lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the leadership of the District Engineer of Nashville, built the dam, lock and powerhouse in a two-year timeframe, from January 1952 to June 1954. The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers still operate and supervise the facilities.

Size and Location

Old Hickory Lake spans 22,500 acres while extending 97.3 river miles. The lake is at an elevation of 445 feet above sea level. It has a minimal pool elevation of 442 feet. Many public facilities are located on the lake. There are 41 access sites for boats, two campgrounds operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and four marinas.

The lake spans across five counties, Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale and Smith counties. Old Hickory Lake is slightly more than 97 miles upstream of Cordell Hull Lock and Dam, which is in Carthage, Tennessee. Old Hickory is a popular reservoir for fishing, boating, jet skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.

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