Top Five Lakes for Summer Fun in Tennessee
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Another beautiful Tennessee summer is right around the corner, and across the state, there are hundreds of bodies of water to enjoy any exciting aquatic adventure your heart desires. Check out these five Volunteer State gems, and if you’re in the market for a new boat, RV or personal watercraft, the fine folks at Ascend can not only get you behind the wheel, you could win an ORCA cooler!
1. Percy Priest Lake
Covering portions of Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, Percy Priest Lake covers more than 14,000 acres and features three campgrounds, 11 picnic areas, 12 boat ramps and eight marinas. Millions visit Percy Priest each year for swimming, skiing, fishing and boating, with multiple campgrounds in the area to keep the fun close by for folks.
2. Dale Hollow Reservoir
A hidden gem spanning parts of Clay, Pickett and Overton counties with arms into southern Kentucky, Dale Hollow has three hydroelectric power-generating units and is home to fantastic fishing for bass, crappie, walleye, catfish and trout—the world’s largest smallmouth bass was caught here in 1955. Dale Hollow is also a perfect spot for water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing.
3. Old Hickory Lake
A massive expanse of water spanning five counties, predominantly Davidson and Sumner, Old Hickory Lake has its own arboretum, maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers and containing over 60 species of trees and shrubs. Old Hickory Lake features over 40 boat access sites, perfect for getting people in the water quickly and safely.
4. Center Hill Lake
Like its brethren at Dale Hollow and Percy Priest, Center Hill Lake is one of four major flood control reservoirs on the Cumberland River. What sets Center Hill apart is its status as home to Rock Island, Burgess Falls and Edgar Evins State Parks and its location primarily in Dekalb County, centrally located between Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
5. Tims Ford Lake
A nearby jewel to the region Ascend calls home, Tims Ford lies just south of Tullahoma and is known not only as one of the best bass fishing spots in the Southeast, but as one of the most picturesque lakes in the Volunteer State. If you ever feel the need to get off the water, the Tennessee Golf Trail makes an 18-hole stop at the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course called Bear Trace at Tims Ford.
Wherever you journey for your summer fun, Ascend is happy to help you find and finance the recreational vehicle that’s right for you.