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The Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Cordell Hull Lake.  The lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year.  Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose, including: fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, horseback riding and other numerous ways to enjoy nature.  

Cordell Hull Lake belongs to you, so keep it clean and attractive for future generations.  Enjoy your visit by staying safe on the water and in the recreation areas. Remember to always wear your life jacket whether you are on or around water.

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Sunrise over Cordell Hull Lake Lock and Dam
Sunrise over Cordell Hull Lake Lock and Dam
Summer Junior Rangers go for a trail walk during the program.
Summer Junior Rangers go for a trail walk during the program.
Cordell Hull Lake

71 Corps Lane
Carthage, TN 37030

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Admission Rates
Campground Fees
Campground fees for a one night stay at Defeated Creek and Salt Lick Creek Campgrounds range from $20-27.

Shelter Fees
Group shelter fees for the day ranger from $50-100.

Day Use Fees for Non Pass Holders
US Fee Area SignThe areas on Cordell Hull Lake charging these fees are Defeated Creek Day Use, Wartrace Creek Day Use, and Roaring River Day Use. These three areas offer sand swimming beaches, playgrounds, launching ramps, bathrooms, picnic sites and picnic shelters. These areas offer some or all of the following: playgrounds, boat launching ramps, bathrooms, picnic sites and reservable picnic shelters. The day-use fees are $5.00.


Day Use Fees for Campers
A paid camping permit from a Corps operated campground will entitle the holder to use any designated day use facility without paying the day user fee on the day for which the camping permit is valid.US Army Corps of Engineers Annual Pass Hangtag


USACE Annual Pass Holders
Corps of Engineers Day Use Annual Passes are available for sale year round at the Cordell Hull Resource Manager's Office. An Annual Pass costs $40.00.


Interagency Annual Pass Holders

The Interagency Annual Pass is available for $80 and provides entrance to more than 2,000 recreation fee areas from the date of issue. This pass is accepted by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This pass is sold at our Resource Manager's Office Monday through Friday.



America the Beautiful Senior Pass Holders
America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime and Senior Annual Cards. The Annual Senior Pass is available through the America the Beautiful program for $20 and to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are 62 or older.


The Lifetime Senior Pass can be purchased for $80 and possibly less when you turn in any previously purchased Annual Senior Passes. It allows entrance to the five federal agencies recreation areas as well as a half priced site at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer campground.


America the Beautiful Access Pass Holders
The Access pass through USGS America the Beautiful program is available free of charge for applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. It allows entrance to the five federal agencies recreation areas as well as a half priced site at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer campground. This pass is sold at our Resource Manager's Office Monday through Friday. This pass is sold at our Resource Manager's Office Monday through Friday.



Military America the Beautiful Annual Pass
Military Annual pass is offered to current U.S. military members and dependents for free. This pass is sold at our Resource Manager's Office Monday through Friday.


Every Kid in a Park Pass for 4th Graders
Every Kid in a Park Pass is an annual pass available free of charge with a paper voucher from the Every Kid in a Park website. You can even have a Park Ranger come to your 4th grade class and give them a brief career talk and explore some parks!

Every Kid in the Park Pass covers entrance fees to recreation areas. This pass is can be obtained at our Resource Manager's Office Monday through Friday.

Note: Not all recreational facilities on Cordell Hull Lake are operated by the Corps of Engineers and thus the recreational fees charged, if any, are not necessarily compatible.

Entry Information
Payment of the fee will permit the use of similar day use facilities at any Corps project on the date of payment.

A paid camping permit from a Corps operated campground will entitle the holder to use any designated day use facility without paying the day user fee on the day for which the camping permit is valid.
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