J Percy Priest Dam And Reservoir

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J Percy Priest Dam And Reservoir


(615) 889-1975

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The lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose, including: fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and others. Because of the lake's proximity to Nashville (15 minutes from downtown) lakeside recreation can fit nicely into other vacation plans.

The good fishing is enhanced by rockfish stocked by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, providing anglers with excellent opportunity. Multipurpose recreation areas dot the shoreline, offering good access and recreational enjoyment. A panoramic view of the lake can be enjoyed from the visitor center near the dam.

Map of J Percy Priest Dam & Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 36.153400, -86.622434



  • Boating

    J. Percy Priest provides boaters with a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy their respective recreational interests. Sailboats, fishing and hunting boats, pleasure boats, and personal watercraft all share the waters, so each boater has a responsibility to respect other boaters and practice good boating ethics and launching etiquette

  • Camping

    There are a number of campgrounds around the lake. All campgrounds on J. Percy Priest Lake are close to boat ramps, shower houses, bathrooms, and washers and dryers.

  • Fishing

    Fishing opportunities abound at J. Percy Priest Lake, with a wide variety of species available from the Stones River tailwaters to the East and West Forks of the Stones River. J. Percy Priest Lake provides over 14,000 acres of water for a wide variety of fishing opportunities around the project. The most popular species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, striped bass, Cherokee bass, and white bass. Other species such as catfish, bluegill, bream, and trout provide excellent opportunities for young anglers.

  • Hiking

    Hiking or walking along one of the trails around J. Percy Priest Lake is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a natural setting. There are three trails: Twin Forks Horse Trail, Anderson Road Fitness Trail, and Three Hickories Nature Trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Equestrians and hikers are welcome to use the Twin Forks Horse Trail. This 18 mile long trail that runs along the shoreline from Walter Hill Dam to Nices Mill Recreation Area. The best access to the trail is at East Fork Recreation Area.

  • Hunting

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administers 19,462 acres of land as part of the J. Percy Priest Lake Project. Much of this land is managed for wildlife and is open to public hunting. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) administers the wildlife management program and has cooperative agreements with area farmers who perform management practices to benefit wildlife. The fields are interspersed among undeveloped woodlands and make for excellent hunting.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic areas around the lake.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming on J. Percy Priest Lake is one of the more popular water-based activities. Swimming is prohibited at launching ramps, mooring points, marinas, public docks, and posted areas. The Corps of Engineers operates three swimming areas on J. Percy Priest: Anderson Road, Cook, and Seven Points Campground. Anderson Road and Cook both have sand beaches and playgrounds and there is a nominal Day Use Fee. Pets are prohibited at Anderson Road and Cook Recreation Areas. Seven Points Campground includes a sandy beach for registered campers and their authorized visitors. Anderson Road and Cook Recreation Areas offer picnic sites, group shelters, boat launching ramps, and bathrooms. These areas are open from April 1 to October 29 annually and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


The park is open year-round, but the swimming beach is only open from April to October.



From Nashville, 5 mi E on I-40 to Stewarts Ferry Pike exit, right on Stewarts Ferry Pike, left on Bell Rd.

Phone Numbers


(615) 889-1975

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777



 Hello Jeremy Sullivan, I am sorry about the quality of the footage but it is  close to 40 years old and been in a hot attic for about 30 of those years. But i got it posted on youtube and will post the link to it here and if you would like to "embed" it here for all to see that would be great.

 I hope you find it interesting,RHollis



No worries about the quality, I think it adds to the authentic nature of the footage. I'll have it added to a video gallery soon, for all to see! Thanks again.

 I was watching some old 8mm reel to reel films last night and ran across some footage my father had taken of the dam under construction, it looks to be a little over half way finished. It shows a crain on the top of the dam and alot of frame work and what looks like walk ways for workers, he also paned the camera around so to see the area around the dam at the time and a view of I-40 and the lake side also.

 I'am going to share this footage soon and will post the link when i do. Take care,RHollis

Sounds like fantastic footage. If you post it to YouTube, we can embed it into this website. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got. Thanks!