Where to Paddle Board in Middle Tennessee/ Nashville: Couchville Lake

The 110 acre Couchville Lake is perfect for easy, lazy days when the goal is to be on the water and not to be paddling with purpose or training. The small lake is only open to Jon boats, kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. The lack of gas boats increases the ability to view Blue Herson and other birds. The park requires that life vest be worn at all times on the lake.

The small lake is in Long Hunter State Park and the area is a popular location for walkers (there is a paved 2 mile loop around the lake), fishermen (on the water and on the dock), picnickers, hikers (over 20 miles of trial in the park) and those that want to sit near the water even though swimming is not permitted.

This is the place for a lazy day to just putter around, take a savasana on the water, or even out the tan. The lake’s depths vary quickly and unevenly, staying seated or kneeling is recommended. The other paddlers are friendly. Timing can be challenging as the park rangers will close the area when the parking lot fills.

Long Hunter State Park, lies in Davidson and Rutherford Counties.


  • Parking: Ample parking but Timing can be challenging as the park will close the area when the lot fills.

  • Bathrooms: YES

  • Amenities: Pavilion and soda machines.

  • Boats: No Gas Boats allowed.

  • Distance to the water: 50 yards

  • Single woman/solo paddler safety: High safety rating for parking area, park personnel and lots of visitors in the area. *

  • Rentals: Jon boats, canoes and paddle boards.

*beyond the inherent danger of paddling alone

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