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J Percy Priest Lake

Considered Nashville's best water front, J. Percy Priest Lake is an artificial lake in north central Tennessee. Formed by the dam located on the Stones River, the lake is all of 42 miles long. Named after Congressman Percy Priest the lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year.

Temperate climes and a long recreation season gets visitors to indulge in numerous water-based activities. You have here swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, canoing, hiking and lots more. Because of the lake's proximity to Nashville, just 15 minutes from downtown, lakeside recreation fits in beautifully to swim, fish, sail or paddle.

The lake is a great place to enjoy the great out-of-doors. Summers can actually get congested with the great rush for the shoreline. Swimming here is by far one of the more popular activities. Prohibited around launching ramps, mooring points, marinas, public docks, and posted areas, you can enjoy it elsewhere at specifically designated areas. These are safe as they are off-limits to boaters of all kinds. Swim areas are marked by “restricted area” buoys and a floating orange pipeline. Nashville Shores and Bryant Grove at Long Hunter State Park are popular spots.

The lake is home to many recreational organizations like the Vanderbilt Sailing Club, Vanderbilt Rowing Club, and the Nashville Rowing Club. Marinas too abound that include the Elm Hill, Four Corners, Fate Sanders, Hamilton Creek, Percy Priest, and Nashville Shores. Its the Seven Points Campground that has a sandy beach for registered campers and authorized visitors. Anderson Road and Cook Recreation Areas offer picnic sites, group shelters, boat launching ramps, and bathrooms.

Percy Priest Lake beaches have no lifeguards, except for the Nashville Shores complex.