Dale Hollow Lake Blog

Get information, history and news here on our blog. You’ll also find lists of what you need to bring if you are staying in our motel rooms, on a houseboat or in a cabin. There’s information about the area, wildlife, boating, lake safety and more.

Historic Cedar Hill Resort

Historic Cedar Hill Resort

Cedar Hill Marina, once known as Cedar Hill Resort, is one of the earliest marina's on Dale Hollow Lake. These photos show how the marina looked at two different times in its history.

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World Record Smallmouth Bass Video

World Record Smallmouth Bass Video

Chad Miles, host of Kentucky Afield TV, sits down with David Lee Hayes of Litchfield, Kentucky, and talks about the world record Smallmouth Bass that Mr. Hayes caught on Dale Hollow Lake on July 9, 1955, as he was trolling in the mouth of Illwill Creek near Phillips...

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Alligator Snapping Turtles 

Alligator Snapping Turtles 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is conducting an alligator snapping turtle restoration project, which involves the release of live alligator snapping turtles. Both adult and juvenile turtles have been released to restore this rare, native species. Alligator...

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Visiting the Lake

Visiting the Lake

Dale Hollow Marina and Cedar Hill Marina are located in Clay County, Tennessee, is the Upper Cumberland region, an area named for the Cumberland River, which, along with the Obey River, were harnessed to create Dale Hollow Lake. When you are in the area as a guest at...

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Cedar Hill Ship Store

Cedar Hill Ship Store

What you'll find... Beer and Can Drinks Novelty Ice Cream Candy Gas Ice Worms Batteries Apparel and Accessories Tackle 2 and 4 Stroke Oil Life Jackets Safety Boating Requirements Sunscreen Bug Spray Water Toys Basic Need Supplies Cedar Hill Marina 705 Cedar Hill...

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Dale Hollow Ship Store

Dale Hollow Ship Store

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Dale Hollow Weather by Month

Dale Hollow Weather by Month

​Plan your visit to beautiful Dale Hollow Lake! The lake changes across the seasons. The average weather and temperatures can help you plan what you bring and how to best enjoy your visit.

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Lake Facts

Lake Facts

Size and Depth Minimum pool elevation is 631 feet above mean sea level (msl) (21,880 acres), normal pool elevation is 651 feet msl (27,700 acres) and maximum flood control pool is 663 feet msl (30,990 acres). Water fluctuations of 10 to 20 feet can occur throughout...

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Explore Dale Hollow History

Explore Dale Hollow History

They say there’s history in these waters, and that is true. Beneath the calm, clean waters of Dale Hollow Lake are the remains of farms and towns tamed from a wilderness by settlers to these hills and valleys first penetrated by long hunters and, before that, roamed...

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Dale Hollow Eagle Cam Entertains & Educates

Dale Hollow Eagle Cam Entertains & Educates

Dale Hollow Lake has become a nesting spot for American Bald Eagles as they return each year to build or refurbish their nests, lay eggs and watch over their eaglets. One such quiet spot was noticed in 2016, and soon a group of volunteers took action to share the...

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Dale Hollow Lake Explorer

Dale Hollow Lake Explorer

Download the most current Dale Hollow Lake Explorer magazine. This magazine has information about the lake, stories about things to do, offerings of local businesses, photos, maps and more. Read online or download to keep.  ...

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Children’s Lake Safety

Children’s Lake Safety

Protecting the Kids There are so many people who grew up spending their summers at Dale Hollow Lake. We love not only welcoming you back as adults but welcoming your kids to the fun of a summer on the water. Just like your folks taught you to fish, swim and maybe even...

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Don’t Drown

Don’t Drown

Drowning is a Silent Killer Unlike in the movies, drowning victims are not waving wildly and yelling for help. In fact, about 40% of drownings are unwitnessed because observers just didn’t understand what they were seeing. Signs that someone is actively drowning are:...

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Be Safe While Boating

Be Safe While Boating

We want you safe! Nothing is more important than keeping everyone safe at the lake. From basic rules and laws of boating to making sure that you have the right safety equipment for each person joining you, our goal is to make the stay a super fun memory with everyone...

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Life Jacket vs. Personal Flotation Device

Life Jacket vs. Personal Flotation Device

Life Jackets   You are required to have a life jacket on your vessel for each passenger, including yourself. It is also important that you understand the difference between a “life jacket” and a “Personal Flotation Device.” A life jacket will turn someone face...

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Float Your Car Key

Float Your Car Key

Don't lose you keys in the lake. One of the most frequently lost or dropped in the water items turns out to be car keys. And, we’re here to tell you that losing a car key in the water is one of the most frustrating ways to end your time at the lake. Obviously, you can...

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Boating Operators Education

Boating Operators Education

TWRA Boating Safety Education course   Any person operating a vessel who was born after Jan. 1, 1989, must have successfully completed the TWRA Boating Safety Education course and have the TWRA-issued wallet certificate with them at all times as they operate the...

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Cooler Hacks for the Lake

Cooler Hacks for the Lake

Getting the Right Cooler   Not every cooler is created equal and even the very best cooler may not be the right size for the crew you are packing for. The first consideration in selecting a cooler is how you will store it over time. Coolers can be expensive and,...

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How to Clean a Dirty Grill

How to Clean a Dirty Grill

Our secret for cleaning off a dirty grill is to use an onion! Really!   Here’s how to make a dirty job a lot easier: Cut an onion in half. Put a little cooking oil on the flat side of the onion. Stick a fork in the curved side of the onion if you want a handle....

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Boat License

Boat License

Is your boat properly licensed?   The State of Tennessee requires that any vessel built after 1972 must be registered with the State through the County Court Clerk’s office where you reside. If you are purchasing a vessel, you can operate it for 60 days while...

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Sunscreen

Sunscreen

One of the most important things to pack for summer fun or outdoor work is sunscreen! Nothing ruins a vacation more than a sunburn. Protecting yourself from too much sun is one of the more important safety things you can do. Understanding how sunscreen works and what...

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