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Life on the Water
Through the years, Dale Hollow and our nearby rivers have developed quite a reputation for boating and watersports.

Houseboating on Dale Hollow rated Dale Hollow as the top houseboating destination not only in the U.S., but on the continent. It was ranked ahead of such vacationing heavyweights as Lake Powell in Utah and Lake Mead near Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Others prefer to tool up or down the lake on a pontoon or smaller boat. The six marinas located in Clay County can help you with any houseboating or other boating needs, so contact them.

Canoeing and Kayaking

The Obey has become a popular canoeing and kayaking destination. Rivergoers can enter the water just below Dale Hollow Dam and travel several miles down the Obey to another ramp area at Donaldson Park in Celina. Below the dam, the stream makes two sharp bends before entering the Cumberland. 

The only major bridge on the Obey, on State Route 53, is located just below the second of these, Peterman Bend. You can pass underneath the Obey River bridge on your way downstream in the incredibly scenic trip. Wildlife of all types can be seen in and around the Obey. In years past, the Obey held state records for rainbow trout and brown trout. It’s still a popular fishing spot for many anglers.