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J. Percy Priest Lake | Nashville Waterfront

Welcome to our new blog series!! We are thrilled to introduce this series as we enter into the summer season and can’t wait to walk you through some of the lakes and rivers of Nashville.

We love to get out and go boating, swimming and spend time at the lake during the summer months, so this blog series is one we are especially excited about. Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to leave comments along the way and let us know your favorite thing about each lake/river you read about! So, without further adieu, we give you J. Percy Priest Lake!

J. Percy Priest Lake, located just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, is a reservoir located in north central Tennessee, formed by the J. Percy Priest Dam, located between miles six and seven of the Stones River. The lake covers portions of Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties with its 14,200 acres of water, at 490 feet above sea level, and its 18,854 acres of public lands. A fun fact about this lake and dam is that they are both named after Tennessee Congressman Percy Priest!

Popular activities occurring at J. Percy Priest include fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and more. The lake boasts three campgrounds, 11 day-use/picnic areas, 12 boat launch ramps, six marinas and is home to the both the Vanderbilt Sailing and Rowing clubs as well as the Nashville Rowing Club.

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