Whether you’re floating down the Harpeth River in a canoe or searching for nearby waterfalls, there’s no shortage of places to cool off in the summer heat. But where is the best place to have a cookout, go for a swim and take the boat out? The lake, of course. This list will help you decide where to spend your next lake day with the family.

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1. Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory Lake features nearly 23,000 acres of water and presents the opportunity for all types of recreation. The four designated swim beach areas —Cedar Creek, Laguardo, Lock 3 and Old Hickory Beach — offer swim beaches, picnic tables, grills and boat ramps. Personal boats, sailboats and fishing boats all share the waters on Old Hickory Lake.

Where: Old Hickory Beach, 876 Burnett Rd, Old Hickory

Details: The daily cost to swim in designated areas is $5 per vehicle or $2 per person

2. Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake State Park is located five miles south of Green Hills in Oak Hill. While Radnor Lake isn't the place to take the boat out or go for a swim, the 1,300-acre park offers canoe floats through September. While there, go for a hike on one of the park's many shady trails.

Where: Park entrance, 1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville

Details: Radnor Lake State Park is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.

3. Percy Priest Lake

Located east of Nashville past Donelson is Percy Priest Lake. The 14,000-acre lake has two sandy beach areas, one on Anderson Road and the other at Cook Recreation Area. Families can cook out, go for a swim and have fun on the playground equipment for $5 per vehicle. Nashville Shores Water Park and Treetop Adventure Park are located nearby.

Where: Recreation areas are located at 4060 Anderson Road in Nashville and 12230 Old Hickory Blvd in Hermitage.

Details: Recreation areas are open April 1 to October 29 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

4. Cheatham Lake

Make a day trip out to Cheatham Lake, located about 20 miles from Nashville in Ashland City. Along with swimming and boating, you can play beach volleyball, have a picnic and take the family fishing. When planning your trip, remember that pets, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.

Where: 1797 Cheatham Dam Rd, Ashland City

Details: Entry to the recreation area is $5 per vehicle.