Dale Hollow Dam



Constructed in 1943, Dale Hollow Dam impounds a lake 61 miles long, forming a permanent area for all types of water-based recreation. Approximately one-fifh of the lake's storage capacity is used to contain the floodwater of the Obey River watershed (an area of 935 square miles) until they can be safely released downstream. A little more than one-third of the lake storage is allocated for hydropower operations. The water released through the turbines to generate power is also beneficial in reducing low flows in the Cumberland River, improving domestic water supply, reducing stream pollution and providing an excellent trout fishery.

Dale Hollow is one of the multipurpose projects that make up the Corps of Engineers' system for development of the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin. This system is an important part of a larger plan of development for the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

As a major unit in the system, Dale Hollow Dam and Lake function to control the floodwaters of the Obey River and contribute to the reduction of flood levels at municipal, industrial, and agricultural areas along the Cumberland, lower Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers.

In addition to the far-reaching effects of flood control, the project contributes to the electrical power supply of the area through the generation of clean, safe, and efficient hydroelectric power.

Each year the lake provides recreational opportunities to millions of visitors. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, canoe, hike, ride horseback, and enjoy the outdoors in many other ways.

Dale Hollow Visitor Center The Dale Hollow Lake Visitor Center is located at the Resource Manager's Office, just below Dale Hollow Dam. Visitors are welcome and information about the lake is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Powerplant Visitor Center is located at Dale Hollow Dam and is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day. The visitor center includes construction displays and viewing galleries for the control room and generator room.

Directions From Nashville, 69 mi E on I-40, 17 mi N on TN 56, 23 mi N on TN 53 to Celina, follow signs.


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