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2019 Visitors Guide

DHL brings out the romance

Ode To An Old Guide


A Half Century of Houseboating

Photo Contest Schulz Family


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Dale Hollow Lake Marina Association is a nonprofit association established to promote Dale Hollow Lake. Our members are comprised of each marina owner/operator listed on this page. Associate members include our advertisers that participate in this Visitors Guide. The Association is comprised of 11 marinas located around Dale Hollow Lake. We band together and work in conjunction to make sure that all local and tourist visitors to our amazing home have the best possible experience. Dale Hollow Lake isn’t simply a job for us, it’s a tradition. While we serve you, we also spend our free time fishing, boating, camping, and enjoying the lake life. No one knows this lake better, and we strive to make your experience the best you’ve ever had.



440 Dale Hollow Boat Dock Road Celina, TN 38551 931.243.2211 Cell: 931.704.5264 www.dalehollowmarina.com Marina Radio Channel: None

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DALE HOLLOW STATE PARK MARINA 5970 State Park Road Burkesville, KY 42717 270.433.6600 www.dhstateparkmarina.com Marina Radio Channel: 11

EAST PORT MARINA & RESORT 5652 East Port Road Alpine, TN 38543 931.879.7511 www.eastport.info Marina Radio Channel: 71

HENDRICKS CREEK RESORT 945 Hendricks Creek Road Burkesville, KY 42717 888.321.4000 www.hendrickscreekresort.com Marina Radio Channel: 16

HORSE CREEK DOCK & RESORT 1150 Horse Creek Road Celina, TN 38551 800.545.2595 www.horsecreek-resort.com Marina Radio Channel: 66

SULPHUR CREEK RESORT 3622 Sulphur Creek Road Burkesville, KY 42717 270.433.7272 www.sulphurcreek.com Marina Radio Channel: 14

SUNSET MARINA & RESORT 2040 Sunset Dock Road Monroe, TN 38573 931.864.3146 www.sunsetmarina.com Marina Radio Channel: 68

WILLOW GROVE RESORT 11045 Willow Grove Hwy. Allons, TN 38541 931.823.6616 www.willowgrove.com Marina Radio Channel: 74

WOLF RIVER RESORT & MARINA 6703 Wolf River Dock Road Albany, KY 42602 800.922.2459 www.wolf-river.com Marina Radio Channel: 16



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A Half Century of Houseboating on Dale Hollow Lake by Peggy Georgi


ittle did Kentucky native Lewis (Lewie) Hines know that the purchase of his first houseboat in 1966 would signal the beginning of a


more than half-century love affair with houseboating at Dale Hollow Lake. During his more than five decades at the lake, he raised two families, owned six houseboats, moored at four different marinas, cultivated decades-long friendships, enjoyed the many amenities of the lake, and witnessed firsthand the evolution of one of the state’s signature industries. At 82, Hines may be among the very few, if any, who have continuously owned, operated, and been actively houseboating at Dale Hollow Lake for more than 50 years and counting.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Hines grew up boating, fishing, and swimming along the Ohio River. Throughout his twenties, he spent time exploring nearly every lake in Kentucky. His first visit to Dale Hollow Lake was in 1964 tent camping with some buddies at Adams Marina (now Wolf River Marina). He quickly realized he didn’t care for tent camping, but he did like Dale Hollow Lake. A lot. Shortly after good friends and high school classmates, Larry Fife and Kenny Gardner, bought a drum-style houseboat, Hines purchased one too. It was an 8- x 24-foot house trailer built atop 55-gallon drums that were welded together. This “floating tent,” as Hines refers to it, was simple with few amenities. It had a wooden deck along the outside to walk around, a roll away bed in the front and a bed in the back, a hand pump to access water from the lake, manual toilet to discharge waste, and as he found out later, an engine that didn’t work all that well. He first moored his boat near Fife and Gardner’s at Wisdom Marina when they weren’t on the lake. Their boats were attached to a tire anchored to a cement barrel that would swing around in storms. Hines’ recalled their early treks to the lake. They would pack up their families, leave Louisville Friday after work and arrive at Wisdom Marina around 9:30 p.m. They would tie the two boats together (because Hines’ didn’t run very well) and set sail for Cactus Island (next to what is Trooper’s Island today). Provided there wasn’t a headwind, they would arrive between 12:30 and 1 a.m. to tie up for the weekend. They would repeat this process many times throughout the years.

Last year (2018) marked the Dale Hollow Dam and Lake’s 75th year in operation. It is also the 10th anniversary of the delivery of Hines’ 2008 Horizon houseboat — and his 52nd year of houseboating at Dale Hollow. “Back in the day, almost every boater, by necessity, did it all — from captaining their vessel to maintenance,” Hines pointed out. “When we first started boating, you could pull into a cove and never see another boat for the rest of the weekend. You brought everything you needed including food, fuel, and tools to make sure you were able to make it back. It helped to have a mechanically-gifted friend like Larry Fife. The marinas in operation then were essentially just a place to get fuel and block ice.” Evolution, automation, and technology brought amenities, complexities, and changes in houseboating, and helped give birth to full-service marinas that provide everything from food, fuel, and clothing to boat slips, rentals, parts, and repair. Innovations over the years transformed the houseboating industry from a warm weather pastime to a yearround lifestyle. Some of the major houseboat changes Hines witnessed during his tenure as an owner included the increase in boat size; transition from steel hulls to no maintenance aluminum hulls; the addition of heating and cooling systems; full service kitchens; lake water systems; and holding tanks for fresh and blackwater to name a few. Hines said there were many lengthy discussions as to whether aluminum hulls would be strong enough to withstand the lake’s shell banks. But they have. As for holding tanks, most of the boaters back in the day didn’t think they were necessary because the carp took care of the waste, not realizing how many boats would find their way to the lake over the years. “The costs associated with houseboating have also increased exponentially,” added Hines, who notes that it’s getting harder for the average working man to get in and stay in it. “When I first started houseboating, moorage fees alone cost me about $100 a year,” he noted. “Now it’s about $100 a week.”

HOOKED ON HOUSEBOATS In 1968, two years after purchasing a drum-style boat, he upgraded to a 40-foot Stardust with a steel hull and a reliable engine, running water, toilet, icebox, and stove. This was the first time Hines could cook inside a boat.



1966 - Purchases First Houseboat (Drum-Style)

1966 - 1970 - Moored at Wisdom Marina

By this time, Hines was hooked and making what was then a seven-hour round trip from Louisville to the lake on holidays and a few weekends throughout the summer with his wife, Clara, and young daughter, Carmen. Meanwhile, Fife and Gardner built a new houseboat on aluminum floats in Fife’s backyard. “Many people built their own boats back then,” recalled Hines, who helped Fife and Gardner build theirs, named ‘Misfit.’ They boated together until 1987 when Fife and Gardner sold their handcrafted boat. “In fact,” noted Hines, “when the Misfit hit the lake in 1970, I believe it was the first with aluminum floats at Dale Hollow.” In 1971, Hines purchased his third houseboat, a new, 40-foot Stardust, because he thought he got a good deal. “We were among the first houseboat owners at Hendricks Creek,” recalls Hines, when he moved his boat there in 1970. “Marina staff would often open our boat windows and put a block of ice in the icebox so we could pull out as soon as we arrived and loaded up.” He upgraded again in 1973 to a new 50-foot Stardust that was one of the bigger boats on the lake during the early ‘70s. This boat featured a shower, bathtub, and air conditioner. It was Hines’ first boat to have a refrigerator and gen-

1968 - Upgrades to 40’ Stardust Cruiser Houseboat

1971 - Purchases new 40’ Stardust Cruiser Houseboat

1970-2001 - Moored at Hendricks Creek Marina

erator. He installed a V8 inboard engine and a four-bladed prop, giving it brakes so to speak and more power. “Easier to pilot and park,” he said. His trade-in was purchased by Phil and Nanette Merriam, his future in-laws, and named the “Flying Dutchwoman.” After over 20 years of marriage and nearly a decade of houseboating, Hines’ wife Clara passed away. His daughter, Carmen, holds many fond memories of her time spent at Dale Hollow Lake. She shares her father’s love of boating and has passed this love along to her two children as well.

TWIST OF FATE In 1977, through a twist a fate, Hines met Julie Wooldridge, who would become his second wife and first mate of over 40 years. Hines enjoys sharing the story that his marriage to Julie was arranged by her parents, who he knew first. “It was lust at first sight,” he says with a chuckle. She shared his love of the lake, houseboating, and sense of humor. Plus, she was an impressive angler. By this time, Hines’ houseboat family had grown substantially with as many as 15 boats parking together in a favorite spot fondly referred to as the “peninsula.” They raised their children enjoying

2002-2007 - Moored

campfires, diving, swimming, fishing, cookouts, horse shoes, waterskiing, and hiking. Once there was a sunken houseboat near the peninsula. After being besieged by diving enthusiasts, Hines and a group of mischievous friends decided it was time to move it. They ran ropes through the windows and attached them to Hines’ 50-foot houseboat, then slowly pulled it away until it got to deeper water at which time the boat came apart. After that, everybody got amnesia. In 1987, Hines upgraded to a 1981, 15- x 62-foot Sumerset, his fifth houseboat. It was one of the nicest houseboats on the lake with all the latest bells and whistles including twin engines, shower, full kitchen, wet bar, aluminum hull, generator, heat, and air conditioning. Hines says this was the best deal he ever got on a houseboat, and it happened by chance. It all started when Hines went over to the boat to ask the occupants to turn the music down a notch. What he found was a former Playboy Bunny living it up. He learned that a contentious divorce was underway. The wife refused to leave, and the boat was in the process of being repossessed. Hines would ultimately make a low cash offer. Hines became the new owner


1973 - Purchases new, 50’ Stardust Cruiser Houseboat

at Cedar Hill Marina

1987 - Purchases 1981 15’ x 62’ Sumerset Houseboat

2007 - Moored at Hendricks Creek Marina

11 days later. He installed his first inverter, added indoor fans to extend stays on the lake and would captain this vessel, which can still be seen on the lake today, for more than 20 years. In 2007, Hines sold the boat for more than he paid for it and purchased his sixth boat, a 2008 18- x 75-foot Horizon they had built with all the amenities of a modern houseboat. It was christened “Hinesite,” his first boat to be officially named. In 2014 as Hines was enjoying his sixth houseboat and nearing his fifth decade of houseboating, the Kentucky Senate passed a resolution officially naming Kentucky as the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” The resolution recognized the industry’s impact and contributions to employment, custom craftsmanship, and tourism in the state.

GREAT LIFE. LAKE LIFE. Hines said their houseboating season in the early years started Memorial Day weekend and ended after Labor Day consisting of weekends and holidays whenever possible. The lake became an integral part of their family and social lives. The round trip from Louisville has since been reduced from 7 to 5 hours

2008 - Purchases new 2008 18’ x 75’ Horizon Houseboat

2008 to Present - Moored at Willow Grove Marina

due to better roads which also helped to increase the amount of people on this lake. As the conveniences and amenities of their houseboats increased so did their time on the lake. By the time the Hines retired, they could be found somewhere on the lake March through November. The Hines began wintering in Florida in 2000 while still spending most of their summers at Dale Hollow. While Hines has always maintained a residence in Louisville, it is Dale Hollow that he considers home. “I have always loved the lake,” he said, noting he is the last of the Mohicans, [the original group who began houseboating together in the 1970s]. “All have either sold out or passed away.” “I love the lake and houseboating as much today as I did when I first started boating here,” he reflected. “I really can’t think of anyplace else I would rather be.”

Hines’ Lake Recipe

Beer Cheese 1 - 8 oz. cream cheese 1 - 8 oz. sharp cheddar (not 12 oz. or fat free) 2 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 - 1 tsp. red pepper (careful) 2 tbls. Worcester Sauce 1 tbls. vinegar 1/3 bottle of beer (Falls City Beer). Note: 1/2 can is too much, light beers do not work. Cut up cheese and add to softened cream cheese in a blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend all until smooth. Refrigerate. Let age for 24 hours. Serve with crackers or dipping pretzels.




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The New Camping by Beth Underwood

hen many non-campers think of camping, visions of pup tents and mosquitoes, sleeping on the ground, and eating cans of beans pop to mind. But camping has come a long way over the years. And the days of roughing it have taken on new meaning — especially for one Livingston native and his family. For them, camping means comfort. “We don’t camp. We glamp,” said Barry Moody, noting the activity is at least partially defined by surroundings like “a satel-

lite dish, nice bed, air conditioning and chandeliers.” All of the family have RVs or trailers that they set up between Lillydale and Obey River Park several times a year, typically starting before Memorial Day and capping things off in October each year—usually around Halloween. These days, Moody couldn’t imagine life without their staycations. But it hasn’t always been this way. Instead, Moody says his affinity for the lake took hold slowly but surely. “I started working at Willow Grove during the summer of

19 ’97,” he said. “I was a teacher in Overton County and wanted a job for the summer.” That year, he took care of the store and managed the high schoolers who worked on the dock. He also spent a summer there while preparing to move to North Carolina. “I had sold my house, was working at Willow Grove, and staying in a camper behind what used to be the restaurant. It most definitely intensified my love for the lake. But it wasn’t enough to keep him in the area, he said. Instead, he was drawn to big city life, and made his home in Raleigh, NC, for the next 13 years. It wasn’t until he’d moved away, and come back again that he realized what he’d been missing. “Mom and dad loved going to the lake and spending time with everyone,” he said. “So I went with them one weekend. Watching them and seeing what a great time they were having with my cousins, that really connected with me.” It wasn’t long before he took his mother to Cookeville RV and his adventures into the world of glamping began in earnest. “I told Mom, ‘pick out the one you want.’” Her choice was a 35-foot with a slide-out, and a second door in the back to make her feel safer. The family, which includes Barry, his parents, and about 20 cousins, take up five to six campsites, each time they visit. “You can tell where we are because of the bucket lights all lined up and painted,” Barry said, noting that his cousin Patty and her husband do all the work on those. Beyond the bucket lights, Moody and his family decorate the campsite to the nines, always incorporating the major holidays. Although the American flags fly year-round, stars, stripes, and the red, white and blue come out in full force each fourth of July. At Halloween, the campsite takes on an eerie vibe with tombstones and pumpkins and witches. They entertain the little ones with pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Glow sticks are always a favorite, he said. Regardless of the holiday, they always play BINGO, with prizes for the winners ranging from candy to scratch-off lottery tickets. In the end, it never matters who wins the game, though. As far as Moody is concerned, victory can be found every time they’re camping, er, glamping on the lake. “It took me being gone and living in the city in Raleigh for 13 years to appreciate what I have in my back yard,” he said. And being back home has given him the opportunity to spend time with what matters most. “It’s all about family.”

It’s all about family.

ADD THE UNEXPECTED TO YOUR CAMPSITE. Potted mums are perfect for fall. Use chandeliers and various decorations to make things fun and festive. Barry suggests checking out Pinterest if you’re running low on ideas. “Take an idea you see and make it yours—put your own twist to it,” Barry said. “We coordinate chandelier colors with table cloths and decorations.”


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THINGS TO DO ON & JANUARY January 1 1st hike of the Year Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum (931) 864-3247

April 12-13

June 1

July 12

September 28

Overton County Fair Spring Barn Sale Overton County Fairgrounds (931) 397-5620

National Trails Day Standing Stone State Park

Wilderness Camp Day Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery

June 8-15

July 13

Clinton County Fair {Derby, Family Night and more} Clinton County Fairgrounds

100th Birthday Celebration American Legion Post #4, Livingston, TN (218) 316-0927

Storytelling Festival Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-1849

April 20 Easter Egg Hunt Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6347

January 1 First Day Hike Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6347

2nd Annual Fashion Show & Tea Party at Good Neighbors Theatre (931) 864-7195

Eagle Watch Lilydale & Dale Hollow State Resort Park (270) 864-5890

February 15 Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance at The Farm at East Port (931) 879-7511

Derby Party/Grand Reopening Sulphur Creek Resort

Crack the Sky over Overton County Fairgrounds Fireworks (931) 823-6402

May 4 Opening Season Derby Party / Fish Fry at Hendrick’s Creek Marina

March 22-24

May 17-18

Spring Dale Hollow Bass Classic (931) 864-6215

July 1-4

May 18 Rockin’ with the Oldies Sock Hop at Good Neighbors Theatre (931) 864-7195 Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks Americana Music Festival (931) 445-2072 www.jamminathippiejacks.com

May 27 Memorial Day Program Livingston Town Square (931) 260-9100

May 31 A Southern Market Place Barn Sale Red Boiling Springs

April 12-13

Brydstown Independence Day Celebration (931) 864-6215


TN Hwy. 52 Yard Sale www.tn52.com

May 23, 24, 25, & 26

March 30 - 31

Spring Naturalist Rally Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6347

June 29

Clay County Moonshine Daze

Spring Hike Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6347


The Clay County Fair

June 29


March 23

Clay County Fair Fairest of the Fair Pageant

First weekend in May

May 4-5

Muddy Rivers Festival 115 Waterloo Road Overton County (615) 678-2865 www.muddyriversfestival.com

June 8 June 11-15



Open House at The Farm at East Port (931) 879-7511

Kids Fishing Rodeo Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery

April 27

January 19 & 26

March 31

June 8

Marrowbone Fireman’s Festival Cumberland County (270) 864-5890

July 4 Shake The Lake Fireworks Show at Willow Grove Marina

July 4 Fourth of July Events & Fireworks Cumberland County (270) 864-5890

July 4 Fireworks Over Livingston First Baptist Church (931) 823-2096

July 4 Fireworks at Mountain View Park

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September 28

Overton County Fair (931) 397-0210 www.overtoncountyfair.com

Dale Hollow Lake Shore Clean-Up Dale Hollow Dam Recreation Area Corps of Engineers Resource Office (931) 243-3136

AUGUST August 1-4 127 Corridor Sale “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” (931) 864-7195 www.127sale.com

August 1-3

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September 28 Annual Customer & Employees Appreciation Party at Hendrick’s Creek Resort

Celina Homecoming Days Historic Courthouse


August 29 September 1

October 3-5

Muddy Roots Music Festival www.muddyrootsrecords.com


34th Annual Roller Coaster Yard Sale (931) 864-7195 www.theroller coasteryardsale.com

October 5

Labor Day Celebration at Mitchell Creek Marina

The Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off City of Allardt (931) 879-7125

September 4

October 12

Friends of Dale Hollow Lake Lake Shore Clean-up

Town of Byrdstown 5k (931) 864-6215

September 9

October 12

Capps Memorial Golf Tournament Cumberland County (270) 864-5890

22nd Annual Standing Stone State Park Car Show Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6347

September 11-13

October 12

Environmental Education Camp Invitation

Clay County Chili Cook-off Historic Court House

September 11

October 14

Clay County 911 Tribute Historic Courthouse

2nd Annual Halloween Blowout Sulphur Creek Resort Best of TENN-TUCKY Car Show Donaldson Park

September 2

4th Annual Lick Skillet Barn Sale Livingston, TN (931) 854-5061

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Cumberland Run Cruise-in Downtown Celina

July 18-28

September 13-14

A Southern Market Place Barn Sale Red Boiling Springs

September 28

September 21 Cumberland River Bluegrass Festival Cumberland County (270) 864-5890

September 21

October 18-19 Foothills Festival Clinton County, KY

October 19-20 Fall Dale Hollow Bass Classic at Star Point Resort (931) 864-7195

Standing Stone Marbles Festival & National Rolley Hole Championships (931) 823-6347

October 26

September 27 - 28

Fall-O-Ween in Livingston Livingston Town Square (931) 823-6421

Whiskey Barrel Chandelier Barn Sale at Clydesdale Farms (931) 260-8461

September 28 Cordell Hull Day (School day on Friday) (931) 864-3247

Trick-or-Treat Celina Downtown Celina

October 26

October (TBA) 2nd Annual Daleholloween in Byrdstown


OFF THE LAKE! NOVEMBER November 8-9 22nd Annual Christmas Bazaar Clay County Community Center

November 9 Big Foot Scramble 5-Mile Run Standing Stone State Park (931) 823-6124

November 11 Veterans Day Program Livingston Town Square (931) 823-1269

November 23 Small Business Saturday in Albany, KY

November 23 Candy Cane Christmas Market Rotary Ag Building Overton County Fairgrounds (931) 261-3690

November 29 Christmas in the Country Livingston Courthouse Square (931) 261-3862

November 30

December 6-7

Keep It Local Clay County Shop Small Business Saturday Pick Pickett First Small Business Saturday (931) 864-7195 Choose Overton First Small Business Saturday (931) 823-6421 ext. 2

Christmas Marketplace @ the Pickett Co. Library (931) 864-6281 Mistletoe Market Historic Courthouse Celina


December 6-7


Byrdstown Christmas Celebration and Christmas Parade (931) 864-6215

Cumberland Co.’s Cruise-in Celina Town Square September 28 Overton County Cruise-In 2nd Saturday of the month April - October Livingston Town Square (931) 397-4901

November 30 Mistletoe Market Clay County. Historic Courthouse

DECEMBER December 1 Clay County Christmas Parade

December 2 Livingston Exchange Club Tour of Homes (540) 498-6494

December 6 Christmas in the Country Livingston Courthouse Square (931) 261-3862

December 14 54th Annual Livingston/Overton County Christmas Parade (931) 823-6421

December 14 Christmas at the Courthouse play Celina

LIVE MUSIC Dixie Café in Byrdstown Every Friday and Saturday Night. Country Kitchen in Byrdstown Every Saturday Night. Willow Grove Marina & Resort Oasis Every Saturday night From Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

SPEAKERS Saturday Speaker Series at Cordell Hull 1st Saturday of each moth throughout the year Cordell Hall State Park (931) 864-3247

PRODUCTIONS Central Park at Dark, Summer Movie Series TBA Good Neighbors Theatre March TBA “Oliver Twist”

TOURS Power Plant Tours at Dale Hollow Dam May 3 & 17 June 16 & 30 September 15 & 29


ale Hollow Lake has long been synonymous with water sports of all kinds—skiing, boating, tubing, and wake-boarding among them. But as any fisherman will attest, another sport that boasts longevity on any body of water is angling. In Tennessee, the sport is gaining popularity with students from area high schools, who are honing their skills with a

rod and reel. In Overton County, the Livingston Academy (LA) Anglers have grown from an inaugural team of four to about 30 students. “It’s growing and spreading quickly,” said Coach Brandon Cross, who leads the team along with Coach Mike Johnson. Although it may not be the first high school sport people think of, Cross said, it

shares many of the same lessons found in other sports. And it requires perseverance when the going gets tough—which often means battling Tennessee’s volatile weather regardless of the season. “They’re pretty strong and persistent,” Cross said. “Registration usually starts at 4:30 a.m., and they’re out there on the water between 5 and 5:30 a.m., whether it’s in the pouring rain or snow or 90

Front row: Elyza Strong, Leah Cross, Elijah Sampson, Leah Smith. 2nd row: Mason Beasley, Hunter Tower, Carson Walker, Jake Collins, William Hunter, Joseph Ray, Lucas Roberts. 3rd row: Andrew Riggins, Renee Maynard, Elijah Gibbons, Tyler Boswell, Haden Beasley, Colby Norrod, Austin Melton, Bryson Carwile. 4th row: Katie Nelson, Wyatt Montooth, Ben Boswell, Cade Copeland, Whit Terry, Brady Huddleston, Luke Walker, Peyton Dishman. 5th row: Caydan Ferrell, Dylan Hamilton, Dakota Wilson, Bailey Talent, Clay Johnson, Callie Johnson, Orion Feaster, Elijah Garrett.


by Beth Underwood

degree heat.” Like any school sport, students must meet academic and other eligibility requirements. “We expect them to be held to a higher standard. At the same time, we’ve really been blessed with every kid on these teams.” Until recently, LA Anglers haven’t had much competition—at least locally. When it was formed four years ago, it was one of the only teams in the area, due in no small part to the locations of the tournaments. “Our first year, the closest tournament was two to two-and-a-half hours away,” Cross said. “Now we have six tournaments local to us. That’s really spurred growth.” This year the LA Anglers will compete in three tournaments—two regional and one state level— at Dale Hollow Lake. The close proximity to home has prompted other counties to follow Overton’s lead. With help and encouragement from coaches Cross and Johnson, Pickett and Jackson Counties have added teams, and Putnam County has a team at Upperman. When it comes to sponsors and volunteers, Cross said he’s been surprised by the number of people interested in actively supporting the team—especially those who have no skin in the game.

Local fishermen with no team affiliation often volunteer to go out with the twoperson teams—and the offer can come in handy since each team must have an adult captain in the boat. “It’s so encouraging to know people will step up when they’re needed,” Cross said. For the 2017-18 year, the LA Anglers had 83 sponsors, and they expect to have as many for the 2018-19 season. The money, which goes to pay tournament entry fees, has also afforded coaches the opportunity to purchase fishing rods, tackle bags, and team angling jerseys, which cost more than $100 each. The benefits of high school angling extends well beyond the team, too. Unlike professional tournaments, whose competitors spend very little at the docks, the student tournaments bring along spectators as well. “Parents and grandparents come to watch the kids, and they’re spending money while they’re here,” Cross said. “It’s a good economic boost for the dock owners.” The team also gives back to the community at large. Each year, the anglers must log eight hours of community service. And as the team discovered last year, giving often reaps more blessings than expected.

“We wanted to do something that linked to the team and fishing,” Cross said, “and coincidentally one of the CDC teachers (at the school) said, ‘when are you gonna take our students fishing?’” That was all he needed to hear. After buying rods for the CDC students, the LA Anglers took the class out for a day on the water they won’t soon forget. “I’ve fished that pond for 15 years, and I’ve never seen them bite the way they did that day,” Cross said. “It was amazing—one of the greatest things I’ve ever been associated with.” They also hope to give 2018 Christmas trees to Dale Hollow Lake, which will help to improve fish habitats. And if Cross has anything to say about it, the LA Anglers will continue to be an active part of the fishing community for years to come. “I tell everyone what a blessing it is to be around these kids,” he said. “They’re so respectful and polite—it just amazes me what great kids they are.”

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How to apply for the 2019 Scholarship! The Dale Hollow Lake Marinas Association is proud to announce the availability of a $500.00 scholarship to be awarded to one high school student in each county surrounding Dale Hollow Lake. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors living in Cumberland, Clinton, Clay, Pickett and Overton Counties. ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP: In addition to the current $500 scholarships offered at each high school in counties that border Dale Hollow Lake, we now have an additional $500 scholarship for each school that has a fishing team. The winner of the fishing team scholarship must be a graduating Senior that is a member of the fishing team and meets the Marina Association application requirements. The Marina association now offers a total of $4500 in annual scholarships. In the past 3 years the marina association has given $6,500 in scholarship money to deserving students.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 19, 2019 Scholarship Amount: $500.00 for each county for a total of $2,500 The scholarship will be awarded to the winner at the completion of their senior year of high school. Candidate must display and provide confirmation of good work ethics, school attendance, civic, and extra curricular activities, and leadership skills. Candidate must provide a minimum 500 word essay detailing their past job responsibilities and their future goals as they relate to their college course of study. Method of payment: By check to recipient and college after proof of enrollment is provided to Dale Hollow Lake Marina Association. Application Process: Candidate must submit application form, two letters of recommendation, essay as described above, and supporting materials to their guidance counselor. Awards Process: Candidate chosen will be awarded their scholarship during their graudation ceremony or when deemed appropriate per each school. Application: Student applications are to be returned to your school’s guidance counselor no later than April 19, 2019 deadline. Please include a senior photo in your packet. All winning candidates agree that the Dale Hollow Marina Association may post their photo in the annual Dale Hollow Lake Explorer magazine.

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Kyle Barry and Hanna Hagedorn celebrate their wedding engagement with family and friends at Dale Hollow Lake. Kyle said family and friends were instrumental in pulling off the perfect proposal.


Plenty of practice, dogged determination and a little luck kept Kyle Barry perfectly balanced on one knee on the waters of Dale Hollow Lake as he proposed to Hanna Hagedorn, his bride to be.

Whether or not you plan to take a knee on a surfboard to propose, Kyle has some advice for popping the question. • Think things through. Make sure you consider all the little details that you’ll need to finalize to pull it off. • Try not to stress out too much. • Above all, enjoy the entire process.

he weekend began like most others on Dale Hollow Lake. With coolers packed with food and beer, Kyle Barry and Hanna Hagedorn were out for a day of sun and fun with friends and family. What Hanna didn’t know was that their lives were about to change. Kyle was about to ask Hanna to marry him—in a most unconventional way. Assuming he could pull it off, Kyle was going to propose on one knee. On his surf board. On the waters of Dale Hollow Lake. Planning for the unique proposal began months ahead of time. And by May, Kyle was stealing every moment he could to practice his board proposal on the water. Getting down on one knee was the easy part. Doing it on a surf board while maintaining his balance on the ever fluctuating wake of the lake was going to be quite another thing. “I had to be strategic in my practicing so she didn’t catch on,” said Kyle, who’s been coming to the lake with his family since he was a child. But because most of their time is spent together, he didn’t get in as much practice as he’d have liked. What’s more, he didn’t have a backup plan. He’d have one shot to get it right. And just in case something went wrong, he’d be proposing with a fake ring. As their big day unfolded, Hanna didn’t suspect a thing. Kyle jumped in the water to surf first, and got down on one knee. “There were a lot of moving parts,” Kyle said. “I couldn’t have pulled it off without my closest friends and family that were there for our special moment.” One of those involved was Kyle’s sister, whose job was to coax Hanna to the back of the boat. Still unsuspecting, though, Hanna initially refused. Unlike Kyle, Hanna didn’t grow up on the lake—in fact, she feared being in the water without a life jacket. After a bit of prodding, though, she acquiesced and climbed to the back, as Kyle reached into his life jacket. “At first I thought, ‘I climbed back here to watch him drink a beer on his board doing his latest trick?! You’re kidding me,’” she said. When he pulled out the box, all the pieces fell into place, and the surf board proposal came together perfectly. “I still get butterflies just thinking about that moment,” Hanna said. “It was the best day of my life.” Once Kyle got back on the boat, the real ring came out, and he proposed a second time—and Hanna said yes. Looking to the future, the couple plans to spend many more summers enjoying Dale Hollow Lake. “We plan to continue spending our summers at the lake and raise our family just as I was raised,” Kyle said, “on the water.” And as the couple moves in to the future, they say one thing is certain. “Dale Hollow Lake will always be our happy place.”



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Tennessee Walleye Charters apt. Jim Durham has been fishing the Upper Cumberland Plateau since he was a child. Over the years, he fell in love with the great fishing on Dale Hollow Lake. Loaded with a variety of big fish including “monster” musky, trout, crappie and smallmouth

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bass (and home of the world record smallmouth bass), he knew the lake was a perfect destination to include on his fishing charters. “My dad would bring me fishing as a little kid to Dale Hollow and it was this great magical place for

37 me,” said Capt. Jim. “It only makes sense that I ended up years later moving to Dale Hollow. I love the lake and all the great people who live and visit here. It is truly God’s country.” As a 5 Star-rated guide service, his Tennessee Walleye Charters runs numerous fishing charters each year on Dale Hollow Lake, and is headquartered out of Willow Grove Resort and Marina. All Tennessee Walleye Charters guides are CPR and First Aid Certified, State licensed and insured with decades of experience. For those who want to fish for walleye, Dale Hollow Lake offers one of the largest populations of walleye in the country, with peak season running from March through October every year. Offering both day and nighttime fishing excursions, Capt. Jim’s charters allow clients to troll or fish under the lights at night or do bottom bouncing worm trips during the day. “We deliver huge walleye and fat stringers of walleye and crappie for our clients,” Capt. Jim said. “The majority of our clients, once they initially come fishing with us, will then book with us again and again because of our tremendous success — and our happy clients spread the word! Daryl Bolton said he chooses Tennessee Walleye Charters for a variety of reasons, including its professional, accommodating and courteous guide service. “Their knowledge of fishing a “tough to learn lake” like Dale Hollow, as well how they locate and catch big walleye both day and night is simply unsurpassed,” Bolton said. “Once I fished with Tennessee Walleye Charters, it was evident I had found the right people to take me and my friends fishing on Dale Hollow. We come many times a year and will continue to do so!” Well-known and respected by marina owners, lake area business owners and regional law enforcement, Tennessee Walleye Charters offers a 10% discount on all charters to currently active policemen, Fish and

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GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR! Attention all shutterbugs! The Corps of Engineers at Dale Hollow Lake invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying the lake, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the fun and memories of your visit, the beauty only Dale Hollow can offer, and anything else that shows why you love it here! Submit your digital photographs by following the Contest Rules listed available at: https://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/ Lakes/Dale-Hollow-Lake/Photo-Contest/ Entrants whose photos are selected will receive two nights camping on Dale Hollow Lake. The submission period will end at midnight on October 31st of the current year.

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Kentucky family hopes inaugural visit is first of many or some visitors, Dale Hollow Lake has been a part of family vacations for decades or longer, as grandparents, parents and children share lifetimes of memories on the lake. As with all great traditions, though, there must be a starting point along the way—that first visit that sets the stage for many vacations to follow. Such is the case for one Covington, KY family. Although Ralph Schulz had visited Dale Hollow Lake as a child, a number of years passed before he returned. Now that he’s returned,

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vacation time on Dale Hollow with his own wife and kids is just beginning. “(Last year) was actually our family’s first time at Dale Hollow,” said


Ralph’s wife Tracey. For their first visit, the couple chose a stay in the cabins at Hendricks Creek, which gave the couple and their children, Savannah, Tyler, and Courtney, plenty of opportunities to enjoy the best that the lake has to offer.

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“We did some fishing, boating, and tubing,” she said, adding that they also rented a boat. “And we spent time on the awesome porch just taking


in the beautiful scenery and nature.” Of all the sights and sounds of the area, though, it was the worldfamous lake water that captured their hearts. “Our favorite part of Dale Hollow was our time on the lake.” Nevertheless, Tracey said she wasn’t immediately convinced staying on a houseboat was the way to go. “We rented a cabin because I was hesitant to stay on a houseboat,” she

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said. But after taking a houseboat tour at Hendricks Creek, Tracey had a change of heart. “We’re hoping to do a houseboat vacation in the near future.” As the Schulz family can already attest, it really doesn’t matter how one vacations on Dale Hollow Lake. Whether staying in a cabin, houseboat, camper or tent, the most important part is being there.

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To An Old Guide by Darren Shell

’ve always been sort of a low-tech kinda guy. In fact, I can barely manage to type out my stories in a computer format suitable for use in this decade. That being said, I’d like to share a low-tech fishing story with you about a friend of mine that lived a short while back. He was a fishing guide on Dale Hollow for decades, back before GPS devices and multi-thousand-dollar digital equipment took over the fishing arena. This was a time before the term bass-boat made sense to anyone. This was a time when fishing was more about the man and less about the machine. This story is about my first fishing trip with a man from Livingston, Tennessee, known by thousands of savvy fishermen. Let me tell you about Tommy Gray. I was fourteen years old and no bigger than the little end of nothin’. I stood bewildered on the edge of the pier at my family marina as two men pulled smallmouth bass from a trash can full of ice. I stood almost trembling as I counted, “One, two, three…”. My tongue got tired before they were through lifting these beautiful golden beauties from the boat. They hooked them all on a steel rack that showed them off in all their glory. That’s the way they did it back then. No size limits, no creel limits, no catch and release of any form. In this day and age, shock and horror would take place. In those days…those men were Gods. “Who’s that, Dad?” I asked quietly, so as not to cause a stir. “Oh, that’s Tommy and John Tom from Livingston. Looks like they had a good night.” “A good night?” I exclaimed. “I think the heavens opened and rained fish for them.” Dad just smiled and patted me on the shoulder. To my surprise, the bigger of the two men must have overheard me and made his way over near me. He leaned down to my eye level and gave me a long stare. His wide grin was wrapped around a stub of a cigar tucked over into one side of his mouth.

“Tom Gray’s the name, Boy…You?” His grin continued as he stuck out his fishy hand. I quickly reached out mine and took hold. My little hand disappeared into his calloused and clammy palm. “Darren…I mean, Darren, Sir.” “Stop with the Sir, Boy. I ain’t cha Daddy.” He gave my father a wry wink. “You look like a fisherman, I’d say. Wanna go some night?” I know my head was nodding like a bobble-headed dog. “Uh, uh, umhum.” That was the best yes I could muster. And that’s how I ended up in the boat with local fishing guide, Tommy Gray. Looking back, that was pretty impressive for someone in his position to notice the snot-nosed little kid off to the side. It made an impression on me then, and even more so now. He didn’t have to do that. A night or two later, I found myself on the dock in the near darkness. The moon was almost full, but the clouds were shadowing the sparkles on the water. It was a calm night, and I sat perfectly still taking in all I could before we embarked on this special trip. I knew Old Tommy didn’t need me in the boat; he was just being kind hearted enough to show the little rookie what smallmouth fishing was all about. I wanted to learn the shrewd and cunning ways of a true fisherman, and that night I certainly did. And he did it all with about $20 worth of gear. I was amazed. I stepped into the boat and sat down, staring at the simplicity of the boat. It was a simple tri-hull with no trolling motor, no live well, and no depth finder of any sort (or so I thought). There were just two rods, a bucket, and a small tackle box. “That one will be yours,” he said, motioning toward one of the rods. “Now when we stop, be ready to anchor.” Again I scanned the boat, seeing nothing of the sort. “It’s in the bucket, Boy.” The whole time I knew him, he never


spoke my name, but it never bothered me in the slightest. I slid the bucket near and rummaged through its contents. One thin rope, one concrete anchor made from a coffee can, and nothing else. I soon found out that this high-tech system was his anchoring and navigating system. The rope was tied to the bucket on one end and the anchor on the other. If he wanted the boat to drift slowly in a wind, he’d instruct me to leave the anchor in the boat and toss over the bucket. The bucket acted like a small parachute, slowing the boat. Plus, one could place the anchor in the front or back of the boat, depending on how you wanted the boat to face. And of course, there were times I’d leave the bucket in the boat (full of water) and toss the anchor overboard, thus halting the craft altogether, with the same placement of the bucket to control the boat’s angle to the wind. All this from a bucket, string, and anchor. Forrest Wood, eat your heart out. By now, we are top speed, flying through the Dale Hollow darkness. I’m about to pee my pants, alright. I have no idea where we are or if there is a giant rock wall about to jump out in front of us, or if the rock bottom will soon jettison us into the night sky. I was so tickled to hear the engine slow its rpm, but it didn’t have the chance to slow to idle. To my surprise, Tom reached over and turned off the key. Before the boat had even settled into the water, he took three steps to the front of the boat, grabbing his pole on the way. Two more seconds pass and he has cast deep into the night sky. Ker-plop, I hear his bait drop into the Dale. I hear him grunt past his cigar. “Bucket.” “What?” I asked sheepishly. He rapped off a string of obscenities with the word bucket attached near the end. I raced to the bucket and tossed it in. In a matter of seconds, the rope was snug and our pace had slowed. I turned and reached for my pole, but had no time to pick it up. I heard and felt Tom tug for all he was worth on his pole. It met tension immediately and doubled over with the fish on the other end of the line. “Net, Boy!” he exclaimed. I did manage to find a small dip net under the helm. It looked like one of the trout nets they use on the river. Heck, I could stick it in my pocket if I wanted. After a minute or two, Tom tugged the fish near the boat and I dipped it quickly from the lake. It was a pretty thing, probably four pounds of golden, shiny smallmouth. “Anchor, Boy.” As Tom tossed the fish into a compartment in the front of the boat, I furiously tugged in the bucket and tossed in the anchor. I turned and reached for my pole. Nope. “How deep is it, Boy?” I know I had a stupid look on my

face, but thankfully the darkness hid some of it. Before I knew it, he had dug into his pocket and tossed me a handful of something. It was a string tied to a washer, and the string was all different colors. “Drop it over,” he said. So I did. I felt it touch the bottom. He saw the line go slack and asked, “What color is it?” I shined my little flashlight at the surface of the water where the line entered. “Red,” I answered. “Good,” he replied. “Twenty feet.” As I retrieved the line and washer from the lake, I noticed the string changing colors. This old guy had memorized a series of colors up this line and knew what depth we were sitting in. That’s high tech. Bang. He’s got another. “Net, boy.” I dipped a fine three pounder, and he tossed it into his compartment. I reach for my pole reluctantly, eyeing him for approval. “Are you gonna fish or just play in the boat?” I smiled. I knew he was joking. I made one cast in the same basic direction as him. I felt the mossy bottom dragging at my lure. “Crank a little faster, Boy.” I did, of course. Bang. My pole nearly ejected from my hands as it bent under pressure. Tom shouted all sorts of commands at me as I cranked in my first four pound smallmouth ever. “Rod tip up, Boy. Don’t force it. Loosen the drag.” I finally pull it near the boat, and Tom thumbs the fish in the bottom lip, dragging it into the boat. Pretty! He tosses it into his compartment and I prepare to cast. “Bucket, Boy.” Dang. Maybe he did need me after all. Well, that was twenty-five years ago, folks. Now my bass boat has more gadgets than I know how to use, and I still can’t find that magical spot out there in the darkness of Dale Hollow I fished so many years ago with Tommy. Old Tom is no longer with us, but his fishing experience is still right where it’s always been … tucked away in a little corner of my heart, where lowtech methods are still used by high-tech kind of guides. Guides like my friend, Tommy Gray.

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ountry mega-star Luke Bryan’s new video, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” which was released in June 2018, is focusing attention on one of the Upper Cumberland Region’s premier lakes, Dale Hollow Lake. In late June, Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake became the epicenter of the hit single’s video shoot, which included a top-secret visit by Bryan and his family to Sunset’s facilities just off Highway 111 near Byrdstown, Tennessee. Tom Allen, General Manager of Sunset Marina explained that he was contacted about hosting the shoot by FLYHI Films’ Creative Director, Michael Monaco, who had pitched using the Dale Hollow Lake location to Bryan’s team because it was his own “favorite place on earth.” “I know Luke’s got millions of fans – some faithful, some fanatical – so I wondered how can things could remain normal,” Allen admitted, but he was more than committed to welcoming the two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year to Sunset Marina and the pristine waters of Dale Hollow Lake. Sworn to secrecy, Allen and wife Angela launched into preparations for the film crew’s weeklong stay and Bryan’s June 26 arrival by telling the Sunset staff that the marina was anticipat-

ing an inspection from the “granddaddy of all inspectors.” “The ‘Inspection Theory’ gave us a cover to do things that were a little bit unusual,” Allen said. “For example, Sunset’s houseboats were relocated in a manner that would give Luke some privacy by offering him a floating dressing room where he could conduct wardrobe changes for a possible video shoot on the docks.” The cover was almost blown when a planning call reached the marina’s switchboard instead of Allen’s intended cell phone, but the secret remained intact until hours before the film crew’s arrival. “I declared a social media blackout during Luke’s visit,” Allen said. “I asked our staff to be professional, to treat Luke, his family and their crew exactly like they treat every other customer – with respect and gratitude.” When Bryan arrived in his tour bus, which was parked in full view of the highway, Allen was concerned that a throng of fans would flock to the Marina while filming was underway on the lake. “Not only could the privacy of the shoot be disrupted, there was a real concern about safety,” Allen said, adding that he alerted the local sheriff as a preventative measure. “Sheriff

Luke Bryan sings “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” at Byrdstown’s Island View Overlook on Dale Hollow Lake while filming his new music video, released July 26. Screen Shots from YouTube of the video.


Dana Dowdy agreed to help with traffic and crowd control when the houseboat arrived back at the marina from filming.” However, it was the weather – not the fans – that created a disruption and elevated safety concerns. “The heavy winds forced our houseboat crew to take the houseboat behind an island and secure it to the shore to avoid danger,” Allen said. “For well over two hours Luke’s family and film crew were stuck inside Sunset’s houseboat waiting out the torrential rain and thunderstorms, while Luke and his kids entertained everyone with dancing, joking and cutting up.” After returning to the safety of the marina, Bryan retreated to his tour bus to prepare for more filming at Island View Overlook in Byrdstown. “After filming at the beautiful overlook, Luke returned to his tour bus where the crowd in the parking lot had grown,” Allen said. “Another freshen up and wardrobe change and he was back out of the bus, again, obliging the crowd with ‘selfies’ on his way out to Sunset Dock for more filming. Luke performed in front of the cameras, while the evening sun was setting in the background.” The Bryan family and the production crew finished the day with dinner at Pier 42 Restaurant. While Bryan continued on his

concert tour, the film crew remained at Sunset Marina for the remainder of the week. “We were thankful to have Luke, his family and his entire crew here,” Allen said. “Luke is a very humble and gracious person who truly appreciates his fans. It was obvious that he is a great father and dearly loves his family.” Despite hosting a star who’s sold more than seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide – not to mention being a judge on American Idol and the recipient of numerous singing and songwriting awards, the Sunset Marina and Pier 42 staff managed to treat June 26 like any other summer day on the lake, according to Allen. “With all the rain and storms, Luke’s film crew said that it was not a perfect day for filming, but it was definitely a perfect location to film the video for a song like “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” Allen said. To read Tom and Angela Allen’s personal, detailed account of the experience and watch the full video, visit sunsetmarina. com/luke-bryan. To plan a visit, call the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce at (931) 864-7195 or view http:// www.dalehollow.com.


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