Dale Hollow Lake Primitive Camping is a series of 32 locations with a total of more than 70 individually designated family campsites dispersed over 620 miles of shoreline.
Detailed information and reservation information can be found here:
Primitive camping offers a rustic lake-front camping experience. Remote locations along the shoreline provide a peaceful nature experience. Most designated tent sites are accessible only by boat, while a few can be reached by country road.
Campers are advised that these areas are remote, primitive sites. Toilets are vault/pit type outhouses. Each location is designated and marked. Each area has a vault or pit type toilet and a ground grill or fire circle.
Campers desiring on-site attendant, security and law enforcement services are encouraged to use developed campgrounds where such services are provided. These services are not provided for primitive camping.
Tent camping is permissible within the designated areas. 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.
Camping is limited to a 14-day stay within a 30-consecutive day period.
Tent Only Nonelectric
Horse Hitching Post
Horse Staging Area
Horseback Riding Trails
Boat Trailer Parking
36° 34′ 0.9998″ N
85° 28′ 43.0000″ W
GPS Coordinates listed above is the location of the Resource Managers Office, Dale Hollow Lake, 540 Dale Hollow Dam Road, Celina, TN 38551.
It is NOT the location of the camping site.
Need to Know
Firewood Policy. Campers may only burn certified heat treated firewood, commercial fire logs, kiln-dried, unpainted, unstained lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substance, or dead and downed branches in the area adjacent to the campsite. View the Nashville District Firewood Policy
Fires in designated areas only.
Drive-in Sites. To access drive-in sites, follow the directions or GPS information under the specific site info. Using GPS for Dale Hollow Lake Primitive Camping will direct to the Resource Manager’s Complex, not the camping site. Every site has the site GPS and/or driving directions listed under the specific site NEED TO KNOW tab.
Check In. 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. Camping is limited to a 14-day stay within a 30-consecutive day period.No water; please bring your own. Toilet facility consists of vault/pit type. You must bring your own toilet paper.
Garbage. Pack out all your trash and camping items. Clean up the area before departure. 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.
Complete rules and regulations enforced are found in Title 36, Chapter III, Part 327 Code of Federal Regulations.
For more information click HERE.
WARNING! The level of Dale Hollow Lake can rise or fall suddenly without warning.
THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH PRIMITIVE CAMPING ON DALE HOLLOW MAY WANT TO PHONE THE RESOURCE OFFICE TO CLARIFY THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PRIMITIVE CAMPING.
Campers are encouraged to use developed campgrounds where security and law enforcement services are provided. These services are not provided for primitive camping. Persons camping at primitive campsites do so at their own risk.
Sheriff’s Department Emergency Contacts: Clay County 931-243-3266