Cheatham Reservoir Dam is located at mile marker 148.7 on the Cumberland River in Dickson and Cheatham Counties. The reservoir is located in Dickson, Cheatham, Davidson, and Sumner Counties in Tennessee.|
The Army Corps of Engineers constructed and maintains Cheatham Lake Reservoir and Dam. Construction of the reservoir began April, 1950. The dam was closed and filling of the reservoir began November 19, 1953. The first generator went into operation November 21, 1959. The initial cost of the Cheatham project $30,232,000. Cheatham Dam has a maximum height of 75 feet, and a maximum width of 800 feet. Construction of the dam took 290,400 cubic yards of concrete.
Cheatham Lake offers 320 miles of shoreline. At normal maximum pool, the reservoir contains 104,000 acre feet of water and a surface area of 7,450 acres.