Tennessee Boating Information
Registration Questions:(615) 781-6585
Boating Registration Website:http://www.state.tn.us/twra/boatregistrations.html
State Tax Department Website:http://www.state.tn.us/revenue/
Registration Grace Period (Days):60 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:7%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:No
Notes:Local Sales and Use Tax also apply.

Restricted Access to Local Locks and Dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District will hold four public meetings this month in Kentucky and Tennessee to give the public a chance to weigh in on their plans to restrict access near dams and locks on the Cumberland River.

The first meeting is set for Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, KY; the second is to be held on Jan. 15 in Nashville, TN; the third on Jan. 17 in Baxter, TN; and the final one is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Somerset, KY.

Fishing below dams is popular at certain times of the year when some fish species, such as white bass, striped bass and sauger, migrate upstream to spawn. The dams block the fish from spawning, causing them to congregate in great numbers seeking upstream access. Catfish are also attracted to dam sites that generate electricity.

Unless changes are made to the current directives all water access within the hazardous zones will be prohibited, including boating, swimming and wading.

Hazardous zones for the dams on the Cumberland River will be marked with a buoy line barrier that will prevent access and include:

Cheatham Lock and Dam. 400 feet upstream and 1,000 feet downstream.

Old Hickory Lock and Dam. 450 feet upstream and 800 feet downstream.

Percy Priest Dam. 125 feet upstream and 600 feet downstream.

Center Hill Dam. 400 feet upstream and 700 feet downstream.

Cordell Hull Lock and Dam. 515 feet upstream and 800 feet downstream.

Dale Hollow Dam. 100 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream.

Wolf Creek Dam. 500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream.

For more information, visit the ACOE website at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil .


Boating Law Administrator(615) 781-6669
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:40' L x 8'6"W x 14'H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:1500 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:N/A
License Light:N/A
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Brakes:Yes
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Wide Trailer Permit Office:(615) 741-3821
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com

Tennessee Boating Alerts:

Tennessee's State legislature is in session January 8 - May 17. Keep an eye out for local boating legislation at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislation or if you have a boating related issue please email us at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com