Dale Hollow Lake

620 Miles of Shoreline

Clay County, Tennessee, is a destination for travelers who love nature, water and small-town. Celina, the county seat, is the southern gateway to Dale Hollow Lake, which offers houseboating, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving, canoeing, water sports, lakeside cabins and more.

Marinas, campgrounds, cabin, slip and watercraft rentals, restaurants, annual events and local attractions make Clay County the ideal vacation destination. In fact, with Dale Hollow Lake’s unsurpassed water purity and clarity, the area attracts around three million visitors annually. 

Adventure Awaits

Then there’s the smallmouth bass fishing. Not only does the lake hold the world record, it holds the top three spots, 6 of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25 ever caught. When we say DHL is the smallmouth capital of the world, it’s not bragging — it’s just stating fact.

Clay County’s Businesses and Attractions are Ready to Welcome You


While the biggest attraction in Clay County is Dale Hollow Lake with its houseboating, marinas, camping, fishing and watersports, we assure you that there is so much more!

Clay County has historic sites, antique shops, restaurants, shopping and special events. We encourage you to make Clay County a destination. Plan your wedding at one of our beautiful wedding venues. Make lodging an experience by renting a Victorian mansion, a log cabin or a lakeside lodge.

Spend the day antiquing. Experience history at the Historic Courthouse Museum or the Free Hill Community. Attend a barn sale. Eat local specialities like biscuits and chocolate gravy, sliced smoked barbecue or fried catfish. Come for one of the several events scatted throughout the year from heritage festivals, to county fairs, to fishing tournaments, to holiday celebrations.

Below you can browse just a few of the attractions that make Clay County special.