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3 Ways to Enjoy Old Hickory Lake in Sumner County When You Don’t Own a Boat

Looking for ways to enjoy the water but don’t have a boat? Sumner County, Tennessee, can help! The list below has several options for the lake lovers!

1. Rent a Boat

Sweetwater Pontoon Rentals in Hendersonville offers water fans the chance to take a pontoon out on the lake with rates starting at $350 a day. Boats may be taken as far as the Highway 109 Bridge and can be rented from 9am-5pm. Full details rentals can be found here or give Sweetwater a call at (615) 926-5495.

2. Take a Lake/River Cruise

Photo credit: RiverShip Cruises website

RiverShip Cruises out of Hendersonville has a variety of cruise options to fit most any need. Food can be catered onto the ship, but guests can also bring their own food and beverages. A Tour of the Stars Homes from Old Hickory Lake is one of their popular cruises, but custom cruises for sunsets, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more can be arranged. Visit their website for details or give them a call at (615) 824-8511.

3. Rent a Canoe, John Boat, Kayak, or SUP

Photo Credit: Shady Cove Resort

Shady Cove Resort in Castalian Springs is more than just rentals: they host RVs, have a bait shop, restaurant, tiki bar, and a pool! However, if you’re looking to be on the water, they offer canoe rentals for $25 a day. If you’d like to do a little fishing, they also offer john boat rentals for $85 a day or $55 for 4 hours. You can browse their website or give them a call at (615) 452-8010.

Photo Credit: Gallatin Kayak Rentals FB

Gallatin Kayak Rentals provides kayaks at a rate of $25 for 4 hours. The drop-off and pick-up of the kayak is included in the rental price, making it a great deal! Give them a call at (615) 596-4887 for more details.

Unfamiliar with kayaking? Join Nashville Kayak Lessons to learn how to kayak and take on the water with experienced American Canoe Certified Kayak Instructor, Leslie Dunn. She offers private 3-hour lessons that are limited to just 5 participants to ensure each person gets maximum attention.

Try standup paddle boarding or a yoga class with Nashville SUP and Yoga, or guests are welcome to rent the equipment from Nashville SUP and Yoga to create their own experience! Classes are available or private lessons and private group lessons can be booked.

Sumner County Tourism is a non-profit destination marketing organization. For more information, please call at (888) 301-7886 or email at

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