DISCOVER CHEATHAM COUNTY
Recreation - Water
Cheatham Lock and Dam is located at river mile 148.7 on the Cumberland River approximately 9 miles downstream from Ashland City and 42 miles downstream from Nashville. Located near Metropolitan Nashville, the lake provides recreational opportunities to millions of visitors each year.
Because of the Temperate climate and relatively long recreational season, visitors have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, water ski, canoe, hike, and enjoy the outdoors in many other ways. The numerous species of wildlife here, including abundant populations of waterfowl and wading birds, make nature study and photography additional exciting pastimes.
Cheatham Lock and Dam was authorized for construction by the River and Harbor Act of 1946 as a unit of a comprehensive plan of development for the Cumberland River Basin. The project was designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and built by private contractors under the Corp's supervision. Construction started in January 1950 and completed in December 1960.