Dale Hollow Lake, known for crystal clear water and it's pristine, natural beauty was first constructed in 1943, primarily for flood control. In recent years it's remote aesthetic lure has consistently made it one of the top 10 most visited Corps of Engineers lakes.
Among fishermen , Dale Hollow Lake has also earned the nickname of "Smallmouth Bass Capital of the World". The World Record Smallmouth Bass was taken at Dale Hollow Lake, and numerous fishing tournaments are held on the lake throughout the year.
Dale Hollow Lake has 620 miles of shoreline, and is located in 6 counties and 2 states. The lake covers a total of 52,000 acres, with 27,000 acres of water, and 25,000 acres of adjoining acres of boundary land. Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. The project was completed for flood control in 1943. Power generating units provide a total hydroelectric capability of 54,000 kilowatts
Four top-of-the-line Corps of Engineers campgrounds are available with water
With electric hook ups, and numerous
day-use areas offer clean picnic, beach, and launching facilities for all users.
Fourteen commercial marinas provide a variety of services, such as small vessel and houseboat rental, restaurants, moorage, and lodging. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park also offers marina facilities, as well as a campground, visitor center, horse and hiking trails, and a newly-constructed lodge.
Special events are hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Dale Hollow Lake throughout the year. These events include the popular Eagle Watch, a January tour by barge to view Dale Hollow Lake's impressive number of wintering eagles.
Other special events also include an Environmental Education Camp for local high school students, and the Eco-Dive, an underwater litter cleanup for diving enthusiasts. Lakeshore Cleanups are held twice a year, and a Poster Coloring Contest for school children is held to promote a sense of responsibility in keeping our public lands litter free. Another very popular event is the Fall Trail Ride on the lake's 18 mile horse and hiking trail.
If you wish to obtain more information about any of these events, call the Resource Manager's Office at (615) 243-3136, Mon. - Fri., 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., C.S.T.
To learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, visit us at our web site. Our web site address is: http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/