Written by Bill Peoples
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District
Ashland City, TN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering public access to Cheatham Navigation Lock located at Cumberland River mile 148.7. The lock is accessible to visitors seven days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm now through September 3rd, 2018.
Allowing people to visit the lock enhances community relations and lets people see how the lock facilitates movement of commerce within the U.S. Inland Waterway System.
Cheatham Lock is one of four locks located on the 300-plus navigable miles in the Cumberland River Basin.
It is a single chamber measuring 110-feet wide and 800-feet long.
The average tonnage of all commodities transported through the lock is 11 million tons, which equates to approximately 6,000 full barges. The major commodities are coal, sand and petroleum. There are approximately 1,000 lockages for recreational traffic each year.
The lock is located at 1799 Cheatham Dam Road, Ashland City, TN, 37035. It is also located at mile 148.7 of the Cumberland River in Cheatham County. Public restrooms are available during visiting hours.
For more information please contact the Cheatham Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 615.972.5697.