Welcome to J Percy Priest Lake
Welcome to J. Percy Priest Lake!
Located in the north central region of Tennessee, J. Percy Priest Lake lays between the sixth and seventh mile of the Stones River. The dam is located about 10 miles east of Nashville, which is the state capital. The lake and its dam have names in honor of Congressman J. Percy Priest.
Covering portions of Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford counties, the lake measures 42 miles long. It spans across 14,200 acres. An entire town, known as Old Jefferson, was flooded by the lake. The town was demolished when the dam was under construction in the early 1960s.
Originally known as the Stewarts Ferry Reservoir, the project was approved by Congress in 1946, but wasn’t completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1967. Of the 18,854 acres surrounding the lake, some 10,000 acres are devoted to wildlife management.
The Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District personnel supervise and operate the powerhouse, dam, public lands and lake. The Natural Resource Management Office maintains 11 picnic areas, three campgrounds and 12 boat ramps. There are several marinas serving the lake as well.
Several recreational organizations, including Vanderbilt Sailing Club, Vanderbilt Rowing Club, Nashville Rowing Club, Percy Priest Yacht Club and Tennessee Boat Club call the lake their home.
Located on the west side of the Percy Priest Lake dam, you will find a wonderful visitor’s center. The visitor’s center can help you with all the lake information you need to make any trip to Percy Priest Lake educational and enjoyable.
Things To Do
If you love the outdoors, you will love Percy Priest Lake. You can always rent a boat and get out and explore the lake yourself. There are many parks and campgrounds surrounding the lake that provide space to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing is very popular on the lake as well with large mouth bass, striped bass, white bass, small mouth bass, crappie and bluegill all abundant on the lake.