Advanced Camping - Dale Hollow Lake


This is for advanced kayakers and kayak campers. Must have a long boat. Must be able to paddle 8 miles with a loaded boat in open water - be able to navigate long stretches of open water, handle rough water conditions (wind/waves), have skirt, paddle float, bilge pump, and be able to do assisted and self-rescues. Must have done either kayak camping or backpack camping before.  Participants are accepted at the sole discretion of the Host.

Paddle out into the lake and camp at one of the primitive camp sites. Right now, thinking of staying with the Beginner group Friday night, paddling to Graveyard Island for lunch on Sat, then on the First Island for camping. Near reverse of that on Sunday back to the ramp. But am flexible, and depends on getting the permits.  See for a list of all the camp sites.

Picture below is the about 270 degree view from Graveyard Island.

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  • Dan G.

    My first time kayak camping. Don- thanks for leading this.

    September 30, 2013

  • Don P.

    Thanks Dan and Walt for taking this trip on. Other than being around the ocean, this was the next best thing for using our sea (touring) kayaks for what they were meant for - hauling gear over open water some distance, and having to use a little navigational skill. Just needed more wind and waves to provide a little challenge.

    September 30, 2013

    • Walt H.

      Thanks for putting it together it was fun.

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not qualified.

    September 14, 2013

  • Don P.

    Was able to reserve site 4, which is First Island. If you are going to stay at State Line Island with the beginners on Friday night, make sure you sign up for that meetup as well. That site is limited to 15 people.

    September 3, 2013

  • Daniel R.

    Sounds great! I have light weight Camping gear. I figure if I can carry my gear On my back, my KAYAK won't have any problems. Have skirt, paddle float & Permission from my wife. That is the most important part.

    August 27, 2013

    • Don P.

      If you have the right number and size of drybags, you're set. Know you did canoe kayaking, you generally use smaller bags for more flexible packing.

      August 27, 2013

  • Dan G.

    may have jury duty the previous day, but would go Sat. & Sun.

    August 25, 2013

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