Lilly Dale Campground, Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee

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My 4.5 LBS Small Mouth Bass

Dilly Dale was out first stop on an 11 day adventure to 2 campground switching half way through.  We left Louisville on a thursday and drove all the back roads 188 miles down through Tenn and all the hick towns in between. We went throught Valley Station, Ky,  West point, Ky,  Fort Knox, Ky  Radcliff, Ky, Elizabethtown, Ky,  Upton, Ky, Senora, Ky Bonnieville, Ky Cave city, Ky  (near
Mammoth Cave) Glasgow, Ky,  Tomkinsville, Ky then crossed into Tennesse through Celina and Allons. It took 5 hours but was a great drive seeing all the old farms and farm houses.

Dale Hollow lake is a very clear lake established in the 40's through the reservoir system. fishing was bad because of the heat but the swimming was great.

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there was plenty to do at the campground but if you needed ice it was a 4 mile drive. to Willow Grove Marina (We saw a house bout get filled up with gas $4.67 @ 200 gallons NOT US)

The lake takes its name from William Dale, a government surveyor and veteran of the War of 1812. Settling originally in Willow Grove, Mr. Dale bought his first 449 acres (1.8 km²) of land nearby in 1808. The farm eventually grew into a plantation known as Dale Hollow; he and his descendants lived there until the dam was started in 1942. The waters of the lake would ultimately cover both the farm and Willow Grove, “the town that drowned”.

Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. The project was completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1943, making the lake the oldest artificial lake in Kentucky.  Hydroelectric power generating units were added in 1948, 1949 and 1953. The project was designed by the Corps of Engineers and built under their supervision by private contractors. The hydroelectric generators of Dale Hollow Dam are used to supply power to the surrounding countryside. The dam, powerplant and reservoir are currently operated by the Nashville  District of the Corps.

We left on tuesday enroute to Moutardier Campground at Nolin Lake, Be sur e and check out our blog there

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My 4.5 LBS Small Mouth Bass
My 4.5 LBS Small Mouth Bass
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Tina cooking Breakfast
Tina cooking Breakfast
The moon
The moon
Campfire
Campfire
Tina Enjoying the campfire
Tina Enjoying the campfire
Tina Enjoying the campfire
Tina Enjoying the campfire
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Des sleeping in
Des sleeping in
Tinker bell in her favorite campin…
Tinker bell in her favorite campi…
The Boat Launch
The Boat Launch
Bath house and Laundry
Bath house and Laundry
Play Ground
Play Ground
Volly ball court and BasketBall
Volly ball court and BasketBall
Tina
Tina
In the distance is a primative cam…
In the distance is a primative ca…
The swimming area
The swimming area
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View from the top of the campground
View from the top of the campground
Got a corona Joe
Got a corona Joe
Got a corona Tina
Got a corona Tina
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More Lake views
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