Old Hickory Lake, located approximately 25 miles upstream from Nashville, is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Tennessee. With 8 marinas, 41 boat access sites, many wonderful parks, and water front restaurants, there are endless outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, camping, and hiking are just some of the reasons to consider living on or near Old Hickory Lake. Many country music stars and other local celebrities choose to make Old Hickory Lake their backyard. In January of 1952, construction of the Old Hickory dam, lock, and powerhouse was started by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at mile 216.2 on the Cumberland River. It was completed in June of 1954 and the U.S. Corp of Engineers still operate and supervise the facilities today. Old Hickory Lake extends 97.3 miles spanning 22,500 acres in five counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale, and Smith. The elevation of the lake is 445 feet above sea level. The dam, lake, and town are all named after President Andrew Jackson. He was nicknamed "Old Hickory" and lived in the vicinity at The Hermitage.
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