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Beginner's Camping - Dale Hollow Lake


Kayak camping, with the convenience of being close to your car if you forget something or need to make 2 trips to carry gear, but far enough away to gain the experience to do longer trips. 

This is a beginner's self-supported kayak or canoe camping trip on Dale Hollow Lake. Put in at the Dale Hollow State Park Ramp, paddle to a semi-primitive camp site (pit toilet, no potable water) within 1.5 miles from the

ramp (top picture, State Line Island is the one on the left) and camp one or two nights (South side of State Line Island, camp site 20A - West of 20B which is shown below, I think). Paddle day trips on the lake. 

Car campers can make their own arrangements and stay at the State Park Campground, non-campers at the lodge, and hook up with the group Sat and Sun morning for day trips on the lake.

Possible earlier start time for some that want to paddle on Friday.  Don will be there at say 10:00AM CDT, but at 6:00 PM CDT there will be a last chance paddle if you want a guided trip from the ramp to the camp site.  Must be packed, boat on the ramp, and ready to paddle at 6:00CDT so we can get to the camp site before dark.

Highly recommend you view the "Kayaking and kayak camping checklist" in the Discussions, practice packing your gear ahead of time in the proper number and size dry bags for things that need to stay dry, and attend the Kayak Camping Equipment and Packing Demo Meetup on Sept 6th or 7th.  Those that camp on the lake must be able to take their own supplies - food, water, cooking stove and implements, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, etc., etc., etc.  unless someone brings a support boat, or has a canoe with extra space.

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  • dan b.

    Darn! From the looks of those pictures I think I screwed up by settling for six miles on Drakes Creek last Saturday. I'll get with you on one of these trips.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Don P.

      May be doing a mid-week camping trip to Laurel Lake next week (won't bother to put in meetup).

      October 1, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      Daniel, I'd been right there had I not been gone 2 weekends and then again next weekend on the Green...hopefully, we'll get another chance! :)

      October 1, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Good time had by all. Let's do it again.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Don P.

    Good to see all that brand new camping gear being tried out. Hope everyone enjoyed it and continues with these types of adventures. You now have been kayak camping as many times as I had before this weekend, so you are at least an intermediate and can suggest/organize trips as well as anyone. Thanks Malcolm for letting some of us get out farther on the lake!

    September 30, 2013

  • Walt H.

    Had great time

    September 29, 2013

  • suzanne

    i broke my ankle yesterday (unstable ladder working on high tunnel).. the worst part is i wont be able to go. i was so looking forward to the trip, but will be in a bulky boot for 6 weeks. still in pain when not elevated...

    September 24, 2013

  • Don P.

    Had some express interest in caravanning down on Friday. If interested and heading through Nicholasville anyway, leaving from my house (see the Sept 6th Meetup for the address, or PM me) at 8:15ET. Should easily get us at the ramp by 10CT. Can head to the camp site and set up camp, have lunch, then out for a trip on the lake. Thinking about going up Illwill Creek, and Fannys Creek which would take us back by the ramp.

    Weather looks good so far. The water level should be about 6 ft. below full pool which is 3 ft. higher than last year when the pictures were taken - still should have large shale beaches.

    September 23, 2013

  • Maryellen S.

    Wish I could go...will be out of town at family reunion

    September 16, 2013

  • Jim O.

    Was really looking forward to this trip but other commitments got in the way. Have fun and be safe.

    September 13, 2013

  • Don P.

    Was able to reserve site 20A, which is on State Line Island. Think its the western of 20A and B, but not positive. Limit is 15 people.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love to kayak and this looks like fun!

    August 27, 2013

  • Dan G.

    may have jury duty that day, but interested

    August 25, 2013

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