EST. 1943

Boating & Water Activites

Dale Hollow Lake offers a vast variety of different types of on lake activities. Everything from relaxed, laid back house boats and pontoons, to the exciting experience of speed boats and watersports. There is an abundant amount of marinas to choose to store your boat at, or rent from one of the many docks that offer such services.

Camping & Exploring

Dale Hollow Lake is surrounded by numorous camp sites that allow for overnight visits in a more rustic and primative setting. Bring your tent, your barbecues, and sleeping bags, because Dale Hollow Lake offers several different locations to kick back and relax!

Fishing On Dale Hollow

Fun in the sun, and authentic camping experiences are not the only activities that draw 3.1 million people to the lake. Trophy Fish are in these waters, and we have the world record small mouth bass to prove it! Whether you're looking for a fishing tournament and enjoy the rush of fifty outboards roaring out of a marina, or you're just looking to take your grandson to catch his first bluegill - Dale Hollow is perfect. With so many natural coves and hollows, you can fish in peace without being rocked by other boat's wake, and you'll never be more than a few minutes away from marinas who will service any of your needs.

* The photos are fishes that most heavily populate Dale Hollow Lake

Small Mouth Bass Record Holder

While Fishing Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee/Kentucky Line, July 8 1955 David Hayes, Litchfield Ky. caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life. He brought it to nearby Cedar Hill Marina which weighed the catch at 11Lb. 15Oz. and measured it at 27 inches long with a 21.5 inch girth.

Though there has been controversy over the legitimacy of the record over the years, the IGFA found in their investigation no reason to believe the record was false. During the investigation period the record was however rescinded, and a Smallmouth caught by John Gorman in 1969 on Dale Hollow Lake was recognized as the new IGFA All Tackle world record.

Conservation & Fish Hatchery

Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, this National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is one of many serving a vital role in the management of our country’s fishery resources.

Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes.