Impacts of Land Acquisition and Cost-Sharing Policies at Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lakes: Old Hickory Lake and J. Percy Priest · Lake, Tennessee


  • H. Roger Hamilton
  • Clifford G. Reinert


access, land acquisition, recreation, cost sharing


This paper examines project outcomes at two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs: Old Hickory Lake and J. Percy Priest Lake. Both lakes are located in the Nashville-Davidson County metropolitan area in central Tennessee. Old Hickory Lake was acquired under a minimal land acquisition policy, and prior to the enactm~nt of the Federal Water Project Recreation Act which requires nonfederal cost sharing for recreation development and fish and wildlife enhancement. The Corps is required to obtain financial support from nonfederal agencies for recreation only at any new facility developments ·at Old Hickory. J. Percy Priest Lake was impounded two years afrer passage of thatlegislation, and limited costsharing for recreation development and management apply. A more liberal land acquisition policy was in effect at that time, permitting acquisition of more land at Priest than at Old Hickory. Public access, adjacent property values, and management strategies are compared.





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