- Golf Course
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
5970 State Park Rd.
Burkesville, KY 42717
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
DescriptionALERT: The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of some Kentucky State Park facilities such as museums, gift shops and historic homes. For the latest details, click here.
Lodging & Camping
The Mary Ray Oaken Lodge, built of limestone and massive timbers, sits high atop a bluff overlooking the 28,000-acre lake and surrounding woodlands. The 60 guest rooms feature private balconies and patios to enjoy the view from the cliff. Rooms are available by late afternoon and are pet-friendly. Lodge room check-out by 11:00am, local time. The park also has three cottages, they are NOT PET FRIENDLY. During winter season, the lodge is closed Sunday - Wednesday. It reopens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, remains open Friday and Saturday, then closes Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Twenty-four of the 145 camp sites surrounded by a pristine forest have been set aside for campers — horses are welcome. If you don’t have a tent or RV, reserve a cabin (with bunk beds and AC). Campground closes for season mid-November.
Located on Kentucky's southern border, this lake resort park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses, and serves as an ideal host for your next event. For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.
Island View Restaurant
Enjoy a variety of menu selections from traditional Kentucky cuisine to skillfully prepared dishes from around the world.
To add to the atmosphere, the restaurant has three walls of glass that allows you to sit back and embrace the breathtaking view of Dale Hollow Lake and its astonishing islands. A private area of the restaurant can accommodate banquets and meetings up to 50 guests. As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program we utilize locally grown meats and produce when available.
Dining Room hours
Restaurant hours through May 1, 2020
(Carry out only; we recommend calling ahead to order)
Breakfast 7-10 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Things to Do
Basketball Courts are located at the campground entrance and in the picnic area. Overnight guests may check-out sporting equipment at the lodge front desk.
Dale Hollow Lake Resort’s 3,400 acres give plenty of room for approved mountain bike trails. Bring your own bikes.
Cooper's Hawk, Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey and many others make their homes here year-round, while Summer visitors might include the Green Heron, Indigo Bunting, and Scarlet Tanager. Migrating visitors encountered at Dale Hollow Lake are the Ring-Necked Duck, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, and American Redstart. The most important birding trail in the park is the Eagle Point Trail, with the Boom Ridge-Eagle Point Connector Trail offering less shrub-scrub habitat, and more mixed forest habitat. The overlook offers a good opportunity to view raptors and waterbirds; a telescope is useful if you are willing to carry it to the overlook.
Ample cruising waters are edged with plenty of inlets and dotted with islands. Visit http://www.dhstateparkmarina.com for more information. This park marina completed in 2008 boasts nearly 200 slips with state of the art facilities including a ship's store and fuel dock. Recreational boats as well as fishing boats are welcome and may be rented by the day. Open year-round. Fee Charged. The Ship's Store will carry Dale Hollow Lake souvenir items and the latest in boating gear and apparel. Questions about the marina? Call (270) 433-6600 Boat Ramp - A gradually sloping concrete launching ramp is available. There are two lots for parking trailers.
Feeling adventurous? Explore the underground wonders of Cindy Cave with a wild cave tour led by a knowledgeable guide. You will get wet and dirty, but you’ll have a great time doing it! Fee is $7.00 per person, $5.00 for children 8 and under. Helmet, light and kneepads are provided. Scheduled tours are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. Winter tours for groups of 3 or more can be arranged by contacting Coti Groce at 270-433-7431 or email [email protected]. Self-guided tours are currently prohibited.
December through February offers best eagle-sighting opportunities around the lake.
The fishing season’s on all year long, and they’re biting everyday! Crappie, bream, muskie, walleye, trout, catfish, and five species of bass--largemouth, smallmouth, white, Kentucky, and rock--have given Dale Hollow Lake undisputed honor as a top fishing spot in the country. This lake held the world record smallmouth bass and the state record muskie. Dale Hollow Lake, formed by backing up Tennessee’s Obey River in 1943, has 620 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of shoals, small tributaries, and clean, clear water to encourage healthy fish growth.
A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Ask at the lodge desk about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.
The longest of the 18-hole courses, the Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Golf Course, plays along hilly terrain. It promises to challenge you and your group. A day on the links is enhanced by all the amenities of this popular park. A fully equipped pro shop and new driving range is open year-round with rental riding carts, pull carts, and clubs available. For more info Dale Hollow Lake State Park Golf Course CLICK HERE.
Over 15 miles of trails are designated as multi-purpose trails, open for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking unless otherwise posted. No motorized uses are allowed. The trails generally follow old logging roads along narrow ridge tops through the park. Most of the trails end at the tips of these ridges which form peninsulas into Dale Hollow Lake, requiring a return trip on the same trail.
15-miles of multi-purpose trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking (unless otherwise posted). Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails.
The park features a nautical-themed 18-hole mini golf course with flowing water throughout and bridges that allow you to cross over the stream to sink your putt! The ADA-accessible course will re-open Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 8:30 am – 5 pm Sunday through Thursday and 8:30 am – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Price is $6/adult, $4/child (5-11), and 4 & under FREE.
Motorcycle Ride Trail
The ride starts right here at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park! The Cumberland Valley is known for scenic roads and beautiful views.
Grills are located at all campsites and primitive cabins. A picnic shelter, with restrooms and a nearby playground, is located in the picnic area and is available for rent up to three years in advance. Tables and a grill are also located near the Cindy Cave parking area and provide the perfect place for a picnic outing.
Playgrounds can be found near the lodge and in the picnic area. Three additional playgrounds are in the campground and can be accessed mid-November to mid-March.
Outdoor lodge pool featuring a sloped entrance, seperate wading pool, and wheelchair lift that is ADA accessible is available for lodge guests only. Park visitors can enjoy a splash in the well-tended community pool inside the campground. Camping guests swim free.