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Things to do

When you’re not hunting, you can . . .


Dale Hollow Lake is renowned for its world-record smallmouth bass. This photo was taken from Swan Ridge Development, a sister company of McFarland Creek Outdoors. (See more information below)

We want you to spend as much time with us at McFarland Creek as possible on your visit here, but there are many things to do in our area besides deer and turkey hunting.

Clay County, Tennessee (our home county) is known for its wide variety of outdoor activities.

When some folks ask us where Clay County is, we often tell them “about a two-hour drive northeast of Nashville, on the Kentucky state line,” or “due north of Cookeville, about a 45-minute drive from I-40.”

If we get a blank stare or a pause, we just say “near Dale Hollow Lake.”  That will almost always make the light bulb come on.  From the Southeast to the Midwest, Dale Hollow has long been renowned as a vacation and fishing spot, and lays claim to the World Record smallmouth bass.

. . . spend time on the water

Dale Hollow is most widely-known for its fishing, and that monster smallmouth caught by David Hayes back in 1955.  The lake, and the Obey River directly below it, holds multiple records for other species.  Dale Hollow holds the state record for lake trout (12 pounds, 13 ounces), and the Kentucky muskie title (43 pounds).

The confluence of the Cumberland and Obey rivers, located about five miles from McFarland Creek.

The confluence of the Cumberland and Obey rivers, located about five miles from McFarland Creek.

The Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam has produced a state record rainbow trout (14 pounds, 8 ounces) and brown trout (26 pounds, 2 ounces).  A rainbow trout hatchery that stocks waters around the entire Southeast is located on the Obey River.

If you want to fish for something else, there’s largemouth and Kentucky bass, walleye, crappie, drum and a variety of other species to choose from.  If you would like some assistance from one of many experienced guides on the lake, we can help you make arrangements.

If you like to do something besides fish, boat-riding, skiing and jet-skiing abound.  If you happen to be a diving enthusiast, divers come from hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the lake’s clarity.

. . . visit one of our sister companies

A couple more of our family-owned businesses will get mad at us if we don’t give them a plug here.

Mitchell Creek Marina offers a wide variety of water- and vacation-related services, including:

Dale Hollow Dam during a rare spillway overflow.

• houseboats and lodging,

• rental slips,

• watercraft rental, and

• a floating restaurant, among other things. For more information, visit http://www.mitchellcreekmarina.com/ or click HERE.

Swan Ridge Development is a private, gated community overlooking Dale Hollow Lake.  The development has breathtaking lake view and mountain view property, and also partners with sister company Honest Abe Log Homes for people who have a rustic home in mind.

For more information, visit http://swanridgedevelopment.com/ or click HERE.

. . . play golf or visit Music City

Crossville, the Golf Capital of Tennessee, is only an hour and a half away, and boasts nine championship courses.  Other courses are as nearby as 15 miles from McFarland Creek.  Nashville, Music City U.S.A., is less than a two-hour drive away, with a host of activities and venues, including the Grand Ole Opry, sponsored in part by Honest Abe Log Homes.