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Old Hickory Lake
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 This page will supply extra information you may need for your next trip on Old Hickory Lake.


Lake Information

Old Hickory Lake is a man-made lake in north central Tennessee. It is formed by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam, located on the Cumberland River at mile 216.2 in Sumner and Davidson Counties, approximately 25 miles upstream from Nashville. The city of Hendersonville is situated on the northern shoreline of the lake, and the city of Old Hickory is located on the southern side of the lake, just upstream of the lock and dam. The lake extends 97.3 miles upstream to Cordell Hull Lock and Dam near Carthage, Tennessee. The dam and lake are named after President Andrew Jackson(nicknamed "Old Hickory"), who lived in the vicinity at The Hermitage.

Old Hickory Lake is a mainstream storage impoundment on the Cumberland River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The reservoir contains 22,500 surface acres at an elevation of 445 feet (above sea level) and extends 97.3 river miles. Water level fluctuations are minimal with minimum pool elevation at 442 feet.

Fishing

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Black Bass - The three black bass species (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) provide the most popular fishery in Old Hickory Lake accounting for 45 percent of angling effort. Five fish in any species combination may be harvested per person per day. There is a 14 inch minimum size limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Fish for bass in close proximity to submerged cover and fish attractor sites. 

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Largemouth Bass

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True Bass - The true bass fishery is the second most popular in Old Hickory Reservoir accounting for 20 percent of angling effort. 

  • Striped Bass (Rockfish) - 15 inch minimum size limit and creel limit of two striped bass harvested per person per day. A trophy striped bass fishery exists providing an excellent opportunity to catch fish exceeding 30 pounds. Fish with large live baits (gizzard shad and skipjack herring) or artificial lures in the cooler riverine habitat upstream of Highway 231 during the spring, summer and fall. Large striped bass concentrate in the Cordell Hull tailwater during the spring months. Fish the Gallatin Steam Plant discharge area during the winter months. This area provides warmer water, which attracts baitfish and striped bass. 

  • White Bass

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Sauger  - Sauger are another popular sport fishery in Old Hickory Lake accounting for 10 percent of the angling effort. The minimum length limit is 15 inches and daily creel limit is ten per person per day. Fish on the bottom with lead head jigs tipped with threadfin shad or large minnows. Also try fishing the mouths of creeks and the main river channel in the upper half of the reservoir near the Cordell Hull Dam tailrace. Best sauger fishing occurs from January through April. 

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Crappie  - A fair crappie fishery exists primarily in the warmer embayments and creeks. This fishery accounts for 10 percent of the angling effort. The minimum length limit is 10 inches and daily creel limit is 30 per person. Fish in close proximity to structure such as fish attractor sites, and cover provided by wood such as fallen trees or stumps. White crappie is the predominant crappie species in Old Hickory Lake


License

Need a In-State or Out-State Lisence, this link will get you everything you need for your next fishing adventure.

Marinas

Old Hickory Lake offers eight commercial marinas that provide a wide variety of services for visitors to the lake. Services such as fuel, long and short-term moorage, fishing and boating supplies, restaurants, groceries and restrooms are all available on Old Hickory Lake.

Anchor High Marina
128 River Road 
Hendersonville, TN  37075 
(615) 824-2175
Shady Cove Resort 
1115 Shady Cove Rd. 
Castalian Springs, TN  37013  
(615) 452-8010
Old Hickory Marina 
2001 Riverside Dr. 
Old Hickory, TN  37138  
(615) 847-4022
Creekwood Marina 
P.O. Box 315 
Hendersonville, TN  37077  
(615) 824-7963
Drakes Creek Marina 
441 Sanders Ferry Road 
Hendersonville, TN  37075 
(615) 822-3886
Cedar Creek Marina 
9120 Saundersville Rd. 
Mt. Juliet, TN  37122 
(615) 758-5174
Gallatin Marina 
727 Marina Rd. 
Gallatin, TN  37066 
(615) 452-9876
Cherokee Resort 
Cherokee Dock Rd. 
Lebanon, TN  37087  
(615) 444-2783

Camping

 

Campground 

Cages Bend

Cedar Creek

APPROXIMATE Season

March 30 - October 30

March 30 October 30

Fee Range

$19 - $23

$19 - $23

Number of Sites

43

59

Water Hookups

All Sites

All Sites

Electric

All Sites

All Sites

Dump Station

Yes

Yes

Swim Beach

No

Yes

Reservable Picnic Shelter

No

Yes

Playground

No

Yes

Boat Launch

Yes

Yes

Restrooms and Hot Showers

Yes

Yes

Laundry Facilities

Yes

Yes

Phone Number *

(615) 824-4989

(615) 754-4947

Directions from Nashville

North of Nashville, TN, on I-65 exit onto Vietnam Veterans Blvd E, follow until it rejoins Gallatin Road (Hwy 31E), once on Gallatin Road, turn right onto Cages Bend Rd S, turn left onto Benders Ferry Rd. Follow signs into campground.

East of Nashville, TN on I-40 East, exit onto Old Hickory Blvd N, turn right on Lebanon Rd, then left onto Andrew Jackson Parkway, continue straight on Saundersville Rd for 10 miles, and follow signs into campground.

Points of Interest

 
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Rockland: Located in Hendersonville, TN, Rockland offers four reservable shelters, one with kitchen facilities, gazebo, fishing platform, playground, boat launch ramp, sand volleyball, several picnic sites, and restroom facilities. Rockland is the perfect choice for larger gatherings. Contact the Resource Manager's Office at (615) 822-4846 for reservations.

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Lock 3: Located in Hendersonville, TN, Lock 3 offers a sand beach, picnic sites, a boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities.

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Shutes Branch: Located in Mt. Juliet, TN, Shutes Branch offers picnic sites, boat launch ramp, fishing platform, and restroom facilities.

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Avondale: Located in Gallatin, TN, Avondale offers a reservable group picnic shelter, picnic sites, boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities. Reservations for the picnic shelter may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.

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Cedar Creek: Located in Mt Juliet, TN, Cedar Creek offers a reservable group picnic shelter, picnic sites, sand beach, sand volleyball, boat launch ramp, playground, and restroom facilities. Reservations for the picnic shelter may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.  A $4 per vehicle user fee is required.

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Lone Branch: Located in Mt. Juliet, TN, Lone Branch offers a reservable group picnic shelter, picnic sites, boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities.

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Nat Caldwell: Located in Hendersonville, TN, Nat Caldwell offers a reservable group picnic shelter, nearby boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities.

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Old Hickory Beach: Located in Old Hickory, TN, Old Hickory Beach offers a reservable group picnic shelter, sand beach, boat launch ramp, playground, and restroom facilities. Reservations for the picnic shelter may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. A $4 per vehicle user fee is required.

bullet Laguardo: Located in Laguardo, TN, Laguardo offers a reservable group picnic shelter, sand beach, picnic sites, playground, boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities. Reservations for the picnic shelter may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. A $4 per vehicle user fee is required. 

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