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About Dale Hollow Lake

Dale Hollow Dam
Latitude: N 3632'12"
Longitude: W 8527'6"
Elevation: 678'
Map: Dale Hollow Maps

The construction of Dale Hollow Dam which formed Dale Hollow Lake was authorized by the flood control act of 1938. The flood control portion of the project was completed in 1943, but the power generators were not added until 1948, 1949, and 1953.

Dale Hollow Lake Sunset
Photo by Todd Ratermann ©

The Lake was designed by and is operated by the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Click here for a list of maps of Dale Hollow Lake. There are 14 marinas and boat docks and 8 campgrounds on the lake. 

Dale Hollow Lake is famous for it's crystal clear water surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. With over 620 shoreline miles Dale Hollow Lake is big enough to get lost on, but close to civilization.  Straddling the border of northern middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky. Dale Hollow is a popular destination for houseboat vacations, fishing, and weekend outings. 

Fishing on Dale HollowDale Hollow is world famous for great fishing. In fact, the world's record smallmouth bass that weighed 11 lbs 15oz was caught in Dale Hollow lake. Other fish that are often fished for in Dale Hollow include; Largemouth, , rainbow trout, lake trout (state record comes from Dale Hollow 16lbs 11oz., channel cat, flathead catfish, crappie, bluegill, walleye, striped bass and more. In addition to the world record Smallmouth Bass other record size fish from Dale Hollow include the state records for the Musky  at 43 lbs and the Lake Trout at 16lbs 11 oz.


Dale Hollow is home to about 6 resident Bald Eagles and approximately 80 eagles that migrate here during the winter months.  Eagle Watch a public eagle viewing tour takes place the 3rd and 4th Saturday of every January. Pick-up points are Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park and Lillydale Campground. For more information contact the Resource Manager's Office at (931) 243-3136, 7am until 4pm CST.
There are lots of things to do at and around Dale Hollow Lake including; Fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, flat water kayaking, swimming, sailing, camping, hiking, hunting, horse trails and more.

Directions to Dale Hollow Dam:

From Knoxville: take I-40 west to exit #288 (Hwy 111) near Cookeville and go north approximately 20 miles to Livingston Tennessee. Once in Livingston turn left at the 3rd red light next to McDonalds. Follow this by pass to the first red-light and turn left again. Take this road towards Celina until you see a sign that says Dale Hollow Dam, turn right the dam is about 2 miles down this road. 

From Nashville: take I-40 east to exit #280 at Baxter (Hwy 56). Go north approximately 25 miles to Celina Tennessee. Continue through Celina on HWY and turn right approximately 2 miles north of town (plenty of signs from this point).

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