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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.

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.

Gallatin Marina is located off the Cumberland River at 727 Marina Private Rd in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Marina has men’s and women’s bathrooms, ethanol free gas pumps, extensive stores including snacks, drinks, apparel, boat supplies, ice, and boat rentals.

The Rubright Family

Rubright Marinas was formed in 2017 when Nate and Jim Rubright acquired Gallatin Marina in Gallatin TN. The Rubrights have since purchased 3 additional marinas and have plans to continue to expand. Ben Rubright joined Rubright Marinas as an owner when we purchased our second marina, Peninsula Marina. Jim Rubright is father to Nate and Ben. The Rubrights have lived in the southeast since 1975. We live, work and play in the same places as our customers!

Jim and Nate Rubright acquired Gallatin Marina in October of 2017. Jim, Ben, and Nate Rubright acquired Peninsula Marina and Barren River State Dock and Marina in November 2019 and January 2020. They then purchased The Boathouse at Benders Ferry in October of 2020. The Rubrights are committed to their lives in TN and developing the marinas and public use of our waterways.

Rubright Marinas highest priority is customer satisfaction. It is very important to the Rubrights to offer a safe and fun environment for everyone looking to enjoy a little lake time. We measure our progress in this area against the safety and wellbeing of our own children. Jim has 6 children, Nate has 3 children, and Ben has one son. If our children are safe and having fun, then we have achieved our goal. Rubright Marinas is dedicated to continually improving our marinas for all.

Rubright Marinas is dedicated to offering the highest quality service and products to our customers at all facilities. All properties purchased undergo an onboarding process. This process includes improvements and repairs to docks, electrical and water infrastructures, changes to Professional Culture, and employee’s focus to ensure every customer experience is the best possible. Rubright Marinas is committed to operating the best marinas in our industry. We will always take any steps necessary to achieve this goal. Rubright Marinas is aware of the growing demand for boating and marine storage. We are constantly improving and expanding our marinas to meet this demand. We encourage feedback and are here to help and listen. Unfortunately, we cannot catch everything that needs to be addressed, so we rely on our employees and customers to share any information they have.

Rubright Marinas has 4 marinas located throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. The Marinas have men’s and women’s bathrooms, ethanol free gas pumps, extensive stores including snacks, drinks, apparel, boat supplies, ice, and boat rentals.

Our fun, family-friendly atmosphere makes it easy to enjoy boating!