As I’ve traveled back and forth on I-40, I’ve noticed the signs for Dale Hollow Lake many times, but other than it was north, I knew nothing about it. So when our FMCA chapter, planned a rally for the Corp Of Engineers campground just below the dam, I knew we had to go if we could fit into the campground. After a little research about the sites, we quickly made our reservations.
Dale Hollow is an impoundment of the Obey River (of which I had never heard) and is shared between TN & KY. The dam is located in Clay County, TN very near the county seat of Celina and the river below the dam is only 7 miles long before it dumps into the Cumberland River. The lake is north and a little east of Cookeville, TN.
The dam was completed by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1943 for power and flood control at a cost of $28 million - I can't imagine what it would be today since we have military planes that cost about a billion for one plane.