Attention: Primitive Camping on Dale Hollow offers users a unique shoreline camping experience. Note that these campsites are undeveloped; tent only, with no services. Most are accessible only by boat. Campers desiring services such as showers, flush toilets, electrical hookups and security should consider a developed campground.
A minimum user fee of $3 per night will be charged to offset the cost in participating with the reservation program.

DALE HOLLOW LAKE - PRIMITIVE CAMPING, TN

Dale Hollow Lake Primitive Camping is a unique series of 32 locations with a total of over 70 individually designated family campsites dispersed over 620 miles of shoreline. Campsites are located in both the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. Primitive camping offers a unique lake...
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  • Reserved campsites should be occupied by check-out on the day following your scheduled arrival date. If not, the reservation will be marked as a no-show and the site made available for another reservation.
  • Post a printed copy of your confirmation letter to your tent or at the site. To protect your identity, mark out the address information. Ensure that the reservation name, site and dates are visible.
  • No water; please bring your own. Toilet facility consists of vault/pit type.
  • Pack out all your trash and camping items.
  • Fires in designated areas only.
  • No off-road vehicles allowed.
  • Parking locations on the lake may charge a use fee for that area.
  • Houseboats are permitted to tie up nearby the area.
  • Firewood quarantines are in effect. Firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Obtain firewood locally. No chainsaws or cutting wood at the site. For more info visit www.dontmovefirewood.org .
  • Alcohol is not permitted at Cove Creek, Sewell Bend A, B, C and Red Oak Ridge A, B, C.
  • Complete rules and regulations enforced are found in Title 36, Chapter III, Part 327 Code of Federal Regulations.
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ANDERSON POINT BOAT IN 15
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BIG GOAT ISLAND BOAT IN 15
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CACTUS ISLAND BOAT IN 15
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CASEY CREEK POINT BOAT IN 15
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COUNTY LINE ISLAND BOAT IN 15 0
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Nonspecific+ TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 6 0
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GEIGER ISLAND (Hill Top) BOAT IN 60
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GRAVEYARD ISLAND BOAT IN 15
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HENDRICK'S CREEK BOAT IN 15
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HUFFAKRE BRANCH BOAT IN 15
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JACKSON CREEK ISLAND BOAT IN 15 0
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JARVIS POINT BOAT IN 15
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JONES CHAPEL TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 15
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JOUETT CREEK POINT BOAT IN 15 0
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KEMPER FLATS A BOAT IN 15
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KEMPER FLATS B BOAT IN 15
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MITCHELL CREEK BOAT IN 15
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MOORE HOLLOW POINT BOAT IN 15
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NOEL ISLAND BOAT IN 15 0
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PHILLIP'S ISLAND BOAT IN 15 0
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Dale Hollow Lake Primitive Camping is a unique series of 32 locations with a total of over 70 individually designated family campsites dispersed over 620 miles of shoreline. Campsites are located in both the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. Primitive camping offers a unique lake front camping experience. Remote locations along the shoreline offer campers a peaceful nature experience. Most designated tent sites are accessible only by boat; while a few can be reached by country road.

Natural Features:

Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was completed in 1943. Although the dam was built for flood control and power generation, it has now become a recreational oasis for more than 3 million visitors each year. The dam is located on the Obey River, about three miles east of Celina, Tennessee. 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. In the late fall through early spring, the American bald eagle can be spotted flying overhead or perched on low-lying limbs. Dale Hollow hosts the second-largest wintering eagle population in the states of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Recreation:

Dale Hollow Lake, with its crystal clear water and forested hillsides, is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Dale Hollow is renowned for its fishing opportunities and holds the world record for smallmouth bass and is known as a trophy smallmouth lake. Boating and water skiing are popular activities, and with 27,700 surface acres of water and 620 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for campers to explore the lake.

Facilities:

Primitive camping sites are remote and accessible by boat; a few have vehicle access. Each location is designated and marked. Each area has a vault or pit type toilet and a ground grill or fire circle. Tent camping is permissible within the designated areas. Cove Creek, Eagle Creek Ferry, Gunnel's Camp, Jones Chapel, Plank Yard, Red Oak Ridge A, and Taylors Ford are the only locations which provide for vehicle access. All areas are considered pack-it-in, pack-it-out locations with minimal services. Campers are expected to bring plenty of water and garbage bags. Cove Creek is the only location with drinking water.

Booking Window
Thu Jul 10 2014 - Sat Jan 10 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Fishing
  • Pit Toilets
  • Tent sites
  • Water Activities
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $3.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $0.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $3.00
BOAT IN $3.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $3.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $0.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $3.00
BOAT IN $3.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
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Contact Information

Mailing Address:

DALE HOLLOW LAKE - PRIMITIVE CAMPING
Resource Manager's Office, Dale Hollow Lake, 540 Dale Hollow Dam Road
Celina  TN  38551

Phone Number:

Information:  (931)243-3136