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Status: Closed through Thu May 01 2014   Season Dates


Pleasant Grove Recreation Area is a day-use facility, located along the shores of Dale Hollow Lake in the hills of Tennessee.

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 3 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.


Dale Hollow is renowned for its fishing opportunities. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass and being known as a trophy smallmouth lake, the Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam is also known for excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing.

Boating and water skiing are also popular activities, and with 27,700 surface acres of water and 620 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for visitors to explore the lake. A boat launch is provided.

Pleasant Grover also offers a picnic area with a reservable shelter, located on a beautiful peninsula with exceptional views of Dale Hollow Dam.


Pleasant Grove Recreation Area offers a large group picnic shelter with five picnic tables and grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are also provided.

A boat ramp provides convenient lake access.

Nearby Attractions:

The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is adjacent to the dam. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the hatchery is the largest federal trout hatchery east of the Mississippi, producing 1.5 million trout annually. The hatchery is open to visitors daily.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter for picnic shelter reservations
  • Only licensed vehicles permitted
  • The manager's office can be reached at 931-243-3136 during the closed season
  • $4 day-use fee per vehicle
  • Alcohol is not permitted

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.5387, -85.43995
36°32'19"N, 85°26'24"W

From Celina, Tennessee, turn northeast on Route 53 and continue for 4 miles. Turn right on Old Route 53 at the Cedar Hill/Pleasant Grove exit and follow signs to the park.

It is recommended that visitors do not rely on GPS or Mapquest to reach the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Information: (931)243-3136

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Kids Fishing Rodeo: 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. The rodeo is held at the Dale Hollow Hatchery outfall. Active from Mar 13 2012 to Mar 16 2015
  • Eagle Watch: The Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Watch is held on the third and fourth Saturday of January. Eagle enthusiasts are transported by open barge in search of wintering bald eagles. The eagle watch tours are free, but advance reservations are required. Advance reservations are accepted beginning on November 15th of the previous year. Active from Mar 13 2012 to Mar 17 2015
  • Lakeshore Cleanup: Held the last Saturday in September, the Lakeshore Cleanup helps visitors show their appreciation for public lands. Join others in helping clean the shorelines of Dale Hollow Lake. A free cookout will be held for all participants. For more information contact the manager's office at 931-243-3136. Active from Mar 13 2012 to Mar 16 2015