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OBEY RIVER PARK, TN

part ofDale Hollow Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: OBEY RIVER PARK BEACH
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 16 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Obey River Park is a spacious campground located on the shores of Dale Hollow Lake, in the hills of Tennessee. The campground provides the largest camping area at the lake, as well as the largest and most visited swimming beach.

Natural Features:

Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was completed in 1943. Although the dam was built for flood control and power generation, it has now become a recreational oasis for more than 3 million visitors each year.

The dam is located on the Obey River, about 3 miles east of Celina, Tennessee. Surrounded by a thick expanse of forest, the clear blue lake creates a stunning scenic backdrop for a variety of water and land recreational activities.

In the late fall through early spring, the American Bald Eagle can be spotted flying overhead or perched on low-lying limbs. Dale Hollow hosts the second largest wintering eagle population in the states of Tennessee and Kentucky.

During migration seasons the call of the sandhill crane is often heard overhead. Lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of one up close, as they often land near the campground.

Recreation:

Dale Hollow is renowned for its fishing opportunities. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass and being known as a trophy smallmouth lake, the Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam is also known for excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing.

Boating and water skiing are also popular activities, and with 27,700 surface acres of water and 620 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for campers to explore the lake.

Obey River is the most popular campground and day-use area on Dale Hollow Lake. This is a vacation destination for camping, boating, skiing, fishing and beach-goers. The site is conveniently located next to a small community hosting restaurants, history and several marinas.

Facilities:

Obey River Park Campground features 131 campsites and two large group picnic shelters. Electric hookups, drinking water, flush toilets and a dump station all create a comfortable camping experience.

A swimming beach, basketball court and playgrounds provide additional recreational opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby towns of Byrdstown and Pall Mall, Tennessee, offer historic sites and tours. The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Memorial is located near Byrdstown, Tennessee. Hull, a great statesman, is most widely remembered as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the father of the United Nations. The Sergeant Alvin York Home Place, home of the World War I hero, is located in Pall Mall, Tennessee.

The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is about 35 miles from the campground. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the hatchery is the largest federal trout hatchery east of the Mississippi, producing 1.5 million trout annually. The hatchery is open to visitors daily.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball Courts
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Marina
Know Before You Go
  • Bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter to the campground
  • Two vehicles per campsite
  • $3 fee for visitors of campers
  • Firewood quarantines are in effect. Firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click Here for more information.
  • Only licensed vehicles are permitted
  • Gates are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Plan your arrival accordingly. Campers who arrive after 10 p.m. must park outside the gates and register in the morning.
  • The manager's office can be reached at 931-243-3136 during the closed season
  • $4 vehicle fee per day is charged for the day-use area
  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.53136, -85.16764
36°31'53"N, 85°10'4"W

From Byrdstown, Tennessee, take Highway 111 south for 3 miles. After crossing the bridge turn right and follow the signs into the campground and day-use area, located to the left of Sunset Marina.

From Livingston, Tennessee, take Highway 111 north for 15 miles. Follow the signs and turn left into the campground and day-use area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OBEY RIVER PARK
100 OBEY PARK RD.
MONROE  TN  38573

Phone Number:

Information:  (931)864-6388
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