Boaters planning to take to Old Hickory Lake on July 4 may need to do a little planning.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District said this week that it would be not be operating extended hours at Old Hickory Lock on Independence Day because of the federal government’s sequestration.
The district had used overtime labor to operate the lock outside of normal business hours on Independence Day, but due to sequestration, overtime operations have been reduced to emergency-only situations.
Therefore, lockage of vessels outside these established normal operating hours has been restricted.
The Corps previously released information regarding the hours of operation  at locks along the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers.
Corps officials suggest recreational boaters use boat ramps downstream of Old Hickory Dam to avoid having to use the lock on Independence Day.
Here is a list of public boat ramps:
• Left Bank Recreation Area (1250 Cinder Rd., Old Hickory, TN 37138)
• E.N. Peeler Park (2043 Neeley's Bend Rd., Madison, TN 37115)
• Stones River Access (3135 Heartland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214)
• Lock 2 Park (2650 Lock 2 Rd., Nashville, TN 37214)
• Shelby Park (401 South 20th Street, Nashville, TN, 37206)
• Cleeces Ferry Left Bank Access Area (1001 Cleeces Ferry Rd., Nashville, TN 37209)
• Cleeces Ferry Right Bank Access Area (3801 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN 37218)
For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, visit the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil .