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Welcome to Dale Hollow Lake

The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Dale Hollow Lake. Dale Hollow is a vacation destination that borders the Tennessee-Kentucky state line and each year the lake provides recreational opportunities to millions of visitors. Surrounded by a thick expanse of forest, the clear blue lake creates a stunning scenic backdrop for a variety of water and land recreational activities.  The temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, allows visitors to have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, canoe, hike, scuba dive, ride horseback, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Dale Hollow Lake belongs to you.  Treat your lake and surrounding area with respect by keeping it clean and attractive.  Enjoy yourself, practice water safety, and have a safe visit.  Return often!

Dale Hollow Lake Announcements

Kids Fishing Rodeo Saturday June 7, 2014
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Kids 15 and under join us at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery for the Kids Fishing Rodeo, held on the first Saturday, after the first Monday in June from 8 a.m. until noon. The event is held on the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's Annual Free Fishing Day. 
Lillydale Campground Opens Friday April 25th
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Lillydale Campground offers some of the best lake front camping on Dale Hollow Lake.  We welcome you to camp with us as we open on Friday April 25th!


Obey River Campground Opens Friday April 11th
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Spring lakefront camping begins as Obey River Campground opens on Friday April 11th! 
Primitive Camping Enhanced Reservations Begin Oct. 1, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Beginning Oct. 1, 2013 reservations for primitive camping sites on Dale Hollow Lake will be taken by the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) via their toll free number at 1-877-444-6777 or online at In order to compensate the reservation contractor for this service, a minimal fee of $3 per night will be assessed to cover the costs associated with participation in the NRRS. The new user fees will begin to be charged beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Prior to Oct. 1, please continue to contact the Resource Manager's Office at 931-243-3136. read more ...
Corps of Engineers Year 2015 Annual Day Use Passes Available
Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Corps of Engineers Annual Day Use Passes for the expiration year of 2015 are now available for purchase. The pass permits the holder to use Corps of Engineers boat launching ramps and swim beaches at day use recreation fee areas.  Each pass is valid one year from the date of purchase and costs $30.  Passes can be purchased in person at the Dale Hollow Lake Resource Manager’s Office, 540 Dale Hollow Dam Rd, Celina, Tennessee, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.  Passes may also be purchased by mail order form found under the PASSES section of this website.  For more information contact the Resource Manager’s Office at (931) 243-3136.



Dale Hollow Lake News

Great lakeside camping awaits visitors at Corps campgrounds in 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2014) – People who love fresh air and enjoy beautiful lakeside views should make time this year to stay at one of the 25 campgrounds nestled along the Cumberland River and its tributaries that are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.
Published: 4/8/2014
Carmen named District Employee of the Month for December 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 28, 2014) -- Sondra Carmen, a park ranger and environmental protection specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Dale Hollow Lake in Celina, Tenn., is the District Employee of the Month for December 2013.
Published: 1/28/2014
Corps Ranger receives Water Safety Awards for service in Kentucky
ALBANY, Ky. -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Nashville District Park Ranger received two awards for his volunteer service with youth in the corps Water Safety program at the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Camp.
Published: 12/20/2013
YMCA, Corps teaches youth Water Safety
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Dec 16, 2013) – A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville district park ranger at Dale Hollow Lake joined forces with the Putnam County Family YMCA today to teach second graders about water safety.
Published: 12/16/2013
Nashville District celebrates its 125th Anniversary
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is celebrating 125 years of service to the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers Basins and to the Nation that began when the district was created Aug. 18, 1888 under the command of Lt. Col. John W. Barlow.
Published: 8/15/2013

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