We want you to spend as much time with us at McFarland Creek as possible on your visit here, but there’s a lot more going on in our area besides deer and turkey hunting. The region is known for its wide variety of outdoor activities. We’re fortunate that the reserve is near Dale Hollow Lake. 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 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 and is open to the public. 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.

The photo above was made at Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake.