Dale Hollow Lake
Discover one of the nation’s highest-rated lakes (USA TODAY) and enjoy world-famous fishing, exceptional houseboating, jet-skiing, wake boarding, skiing, kayaking, swimming, scenic horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking, secluded camping, big and small game hunting, a state resort park, world-class golfing, cave exploration and more, all at beautiful Dale Hollow Lake.
Take advantage of what USA TODAY calls the “fourth best lake in the nation to float your boat” and launch out for fun from over 200 slips and ramps into 28,000 acres of serene water surrounded by 620 miles of gorgeous undeveloped shoreline. Rent a houseboat to accommodate families and larger groups, a recreational boat or fishing boat. Cast off into world record-holding waterways, as Dale Hollow Lake has held the world-record catch for smallmouth bass and the state record for muskie. The lake attracts anglers from all over the country with its abundant trout, crappie, bream, muskie, catfish, walleye and five species of bass.
Explore the adjacent Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park and enjoy multi-purpose trails dedicated to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. With mountains in the background, tee off at one of the most scenic courses the country, featuring hills, caves, gorges and rock outcroppings. A family-friendly 18-hole mini golf course features bridges and free-flowing water obstacles. For a more rugged adventure, take a wild cave tour with a knowledgeable guide in Cindy Cave. Wildlife viewing and bird watching are also wildly popular, with migrating eagles gathering around the lake from December through February. You can trek the surrounding 24,000 game-filled acres for successful hunting. And the Motorcycle Ride Trail that begins at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, winds throughout the beautiful Cumberland Valley.
Accommodations range from the state park lodge, cabins and 145 campsites and spacious RV campsites to a number of hotels surrounding the Dale Hollow Lake area.