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Dale Hollow Lake...Tennessee and Kentucky

Official Dale Hollow Lake Vacation Information ...marinas, houseboats, cabins, camping, fishing, real estate, events, shopping, restaurants, business directory, maps & more! Over 27,000 acres of pristine waters (deemed one of the cleanest), DHL is home of the world record's largest caught smallmouth bass, is the perfect vacation destination retreat for recreational water activities, places to visit, and plenty of relaxing.


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There are so many attractions & activities around the lake, this site is dedicated to helping you plan your vacation or relocation and discover the wonders of Dale Hollow Lake in
Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Mallard Pointe
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Mitchell Creek Marina
Star Point Resort
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Area Information
Business Directory
Newcomer Info
Shopping
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Events & Activities
Annie's Travel Treasures
Map
Photo Contest
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Related Links
Big South Fork
Fall Creek Falls
Cumberland Plateau
Sgt York State Park
Cordell Hull Museum
Rollercoaster
Yard Sale

...In this issue...Dale Hollow Lake Visitors' Guide 2012

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTERS...2

MARINAS...4

STORIES OF INTEREST
Dale Hollow Lake History...9
Day Trip to Dale Hollow Lake...15
The Smallmouth Guru...17
Dale Hollow Lake Welcome Center...20
Living the Dream...21
Rollercoaster Yard Sale...23
History of a Feud...27
Golfing around Dale Hollow Lake...28
Local Heritage of
South Central Kentucky...29
Quilt Trails...43
Spotlight on Celina...45
Southeast Pack Trips...49
Spotlight on Cookeville...50-53
Big South Fork Scenic Railway...55
New Beginnings Youth Ranch...58

DALE HOLLOW LAKE FACILITIES...10

FISHING TOURNAMENTS...16

ACCOMMODATIONS
Camping...18
Accommodations Listing...19 & 58

RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING
Shopping Listing...22
Restaurant Listing...25

ANNIE’S TRAVELS & TREASURES...30-33

FESTIVALS & EVENTS...34-35

MAPS
Dale Hollow Lake Map...36-37
Cookeville Maps...51-52
Big South Fork Map...56

EQUESTRIAN DESTINATIONS...57

REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, & SUPPORT SERVICES
Real Estate Listing...39

AREA INFORMATION
Medical Services...14
Newcomer & Visitor Information...47
Business Directory...60-63
Advertiser Index...64


History of Dale Hollow Lake
Dale Hollow Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. The project was actually completed in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the damming of the Obey River.

The lake lies mainly in northern Tennessee, covering parts of Clay, Overton and Pickett counties. Arms of the lake also extend into south central Kentucky, affecting Cumberland and Clinton counties. In all, the lake consists of 27,700 acres of water and nearly 25,000 acres of surrounding land.

The lake’s namesake was William Dale, a government surveyor and veteran of the War of 1812. Dale settled in Willow Grove, Tenn., which later became known as the Dale Hollow plantation as it expanded. When the dam was installed in 1942, Willow Grove and the plantation became widely known as “the town that drowned” as water overtook the area.

Today, Dale Hollow Lake is often referred to as one of the prettiest lakes in the East. Its clear water and beautiful scenery are unmatched. About three million visitors per year enjoy Dale Hollow Lake for everything from fishing and boating to water skiing and jet skiing. The lake was recently voted by USA Today as the No. 4 lake in the nation to “float your boat.”

The lake also holds the distinction as one of the nation’s best places for smallmouth bass fishing. Currently, the largest smallmouth bass ever recorded, at 11 lb., 15 oz.) was caught at Dale Hollow. Other species of fish common to the lake are largemouth bass, crappie, muskellunge, walleye, catfish, gar and trout.

The Dale Hollow Lake dam provides hydroelectric energy to surrounding areas. The lake offers more than a dozen full-service marinas to serve visitors’ needs.


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