Percy Priest Lake - Nashville, TN

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Percy Priest Lake is a 42 mile long 14,000 acre Corps of Engineers lake created by the J. Percy Priest Dam which was completed in 1968. The lake was named in honor of Congressman J. Percy Priest. With its convenient location, a short 15 minute drive from Downtown Nashville, Percy Priest Lake offers a wide range of recreation activities for locals and for those just visiting Music City.

Recreational Activities

Recreational activities at the lake include, boating, camping, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking, wildlife watching, swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, water skiing, hiking and biking.


For boaters there are a number of marinas and boat ramps located throughout the lake that provide easy access to the waters of Percy Priest Lake. All types of water vehicles are welcome at the lake from paddle boards, canoes and kayaks to sail boats, power boats and house boats. Boats ranging from pontoon party boats to ski boats are available for rent at most marina locations.


Numerous campgrounds are available ranging from developed campgrounds to primitive camping on designated islands. Picnic Shelters are available for rent at campgrounds and recreational access areas. Most developed campground locations amenities include water and electrical hookups, restrooms, showers, fresh water, and dump stations.


Fishing at Percy Priest Lake is one of the lake visitors favorite activities. All fisherman are required to have a valid Tennessee State fishing license. Fish species that are available within the lake include, striped bass, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, white bass, Cherokee bass, sunfish, catfish, bluegill and trout. Fishing opportunities are available either from boat or at various bank fishing spots. A weekday Fishing Information Line which provides fishing conditions and lake elevation levels is available at (615) 883-2351.

Location - Nashville, TN