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.