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Monday, July 12, 2010

Dale Hollow Lake (TN) (July 8 - 11th) Army Corp of Engineer Park

Of the four Army Corp of Engineer parks on Dale Hollow Lake, the only one with available sites was the Willow Grove Resort in Allons, Tennessee. After the first night (camping near the host), we were privileged enough to get a site right on the water for the next two days. However, the drawback of these parks was the 16 mile ride -- winding, hilly back-country road, however paved. We visited the nearby Lillydale campground which was full; nice campground as well as long as you have the water sites but they were pretty close together. Took cover in the day-use pavilion at Lillydale as a thunderstorm rolled by. Rain was most welcome in this area. The next afternoon we rented a fishing boat from Willow Grove Marina right next door to the campground and headed north up to Lillydale campground. Just as we were having lunch on the side of an island a rainstorm hit upon us; thankfully we had an umbrella and all three of us were huddled under it. We then buzzed across the lake towards Dale Hollow SP in Kentucky. Until these Black Storm clouds were approaching, I did quick U-turn and full-throttle across the lake, with 6 hp.motor probably 3 knots. It was neat to see bark shadows right behind us as we stayed ahead of it in the sunlight all the way back to camp and docked the boat at shore. We made it before a little rain at camp but it must of poured in Kentucky and Lillydale Camp. Since we had this boat for 24 hrs.[min.] the next morning we headed South on Dale Hollow Lake but not as far this time with fishing rods and tackle aboard. What a site to see was Darlene Fishing for the first time let alone casting the reel. No luck at fishing after trying several of my lures, But we did take time outs for swimming and watching Buddy try to swim after some ducks again as that morning sun was already reaching the 90's. We broke camp and hit the road by 2:pm for our shortest trip to Lake Cumberland, KY.

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