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Center Hill Lake Description
If you’re interested in lake homes for sale in Tennessee, look to the rolling hills of the Cumberland Mountains and Center Hill Lake. Nestled in the center of the state, Center Hill Lake is an untouched natural oasis that invites you to come and stay a while. You’re sure to feel right at home in no time!
Much of the appeal of Center Hill Lake is that it’s still largely undeveloped and retains all of its original beauty and charm. A generous 415 miles of shoreline beg to be explored, offering a varied topography that ranges from sandy beaches to rocky bluffs. Anglers have a vested interest in the integrity of the lake’s crystal clear waters, making a point to keep the fish happy year-round with brush piles and attractors strategically placed around the lake. Bait your hook for smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass, in addition to walleye, bluegill, and catfish. Crappie, brown trout, rainbow trout, and paddlefish are also common catches, and the largest spotted bass ever caught on the lake weighed 5 lbs. 8oz.
White, Warren, Smith, Putman, and DeKalb Counties border Center Hill Lake. Spanning 18,220 square acres, Center Hill Lake hosts three state parks, three stunning waterfalls, and nine recreation areas. The Center Hill Dam, which was constructed in 1949, is a popular draw. You can pick up speed on a jet ski or boat, or slow things down in a kayak or raft. Lake properties for sale are also within convenient range of the Center Hill Marina, which will provide you with everything you need for a fun-filled day on the water with fuel, water recreation rentals, and other necessities.
Lake-view properties enjoy scenery that seems completely impenetrable to modern development, but they in fact enjoy accessibility to all modern conveniences. Lakefront cabins near Center Hill Lake have access to premium golf courses, such as Belle Acres, Green Hills, and Cookeville. Likewise, the Smithville Golf Club features nine regulation holes to challenge and engage your skills. If you’d like to live on a Center Hill Lake golf course, visit GolfHomes.com for property details and listings.
Stop by the Coppertop Restaurant at the Center Hill Marina for a fat sandwich, a juicy steak, or a crisp brew. And don’t miss out on the annual Fiddler’s Jamboree and Craft Festival that takes place in Smithville each July—over 80,000 people come to experience the two-day celebration of Appellation music, culture, art, and dance.
Center Hill Lake is pristine devoid of boat docks and industry. Center Hill Lake is popular with celebrities like Alan Jackson and Darrell Waltrip. Center Hill Lake is perfect for boating and fishing and is very popular with trout fishermen below the dam.
Center Hill Lake is a 64 mile long reservoir consisting of 415 miles of shoreline, and 18,200 acres of deep, pure water for many species of fish. Center Hill Dam is on the Caney Fork River.
Nearly all of the shoreline is undeveloped and natural. Center Hill Lake is owned and managed by the federal government through the US Army Corps of Engineers. There are 3 gorgeous waterfalls and many excellent places to hike, swim, and camp. Also on the lake are 8 marinas, 5 restaurants, 1 state park, 9 Army Corps recreation areas, and the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for the Crafts.
Call (931) 858-4366 or (615) 548-8581 for daily lake information.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Are they permitted? Limited due to the fact that most of the shoreline is owned by Corp of Engineers
Fishing is reported to be good. Bass fishing at night is good on plastic worms as well as fly and rind combinations. Several catfish continue to be caught on jugs, limb lines, and trotlines while using live bait. Some Walleye have continued to be taken this past week on spinner rigs, especially on the humps that are now getting in the 20 foot range with the falling elevation.. Trout are being taken in the tailwater area during periods of low or no generation while using corn, salmon eggs, rooster tails.
Walleye: Fish the upper end during March-May.
Small mouth bass: During the daytime fish from the end of March-May. Fish nighttime during May-June.
Crappie: Fish during March, May & Nov.
Catfish: During Aug.-Sept. Use trotlines in Oct.
Paddlefish: Depends on water level fish during Feb.-April.
White bass: Best in April & May under lights at night.
Bream: Excellent June-Aug.
L & C Sporting Goods
615-597-6997, 1061 W Broad St, Smithville, TN
Center Hill Bait & Tackle
615-597-4811, 105 E Broad St, Smithville, TN
Lighthouse Christian Camp
615-597-1264, 205 Serenity Pl, Smithville, TN 37166-7279
Ragland Bottom Day Use Area
Ragland Bottom Campground and Day Use Area is located 8 miles east of Smithville, TN.
The campground offers 57 sites, 15 of which are tent sites with no hook-ups.
931-761-3646, 1711 Ragland Bottom Rd, Sparta, TN 38583-4117
Indian Creek Summer Camp
615-548-4411, 3011 Indian Creek Camp Rd, Liberty, TN
Edgar Evins State Park: Six thousand acres make up this rustic park. It is classified as a wildlife management area. Edgar Evins features a modern, 34-unit village cabin complex. The park also has 60 campsites for year-round tent and trailer camping.
The Long Branch Campground is located just below Center Hill Dam on the Caney Fork River Tailwater in Lancaster, TN. The campground offers 60 sites and is popular for cold water trout fishing.
Lakeside Resort: A dual-purpose facility, Lakeside Resort and Educational Complex meets the needs of vacationers, conventioneers, and boaters while also providing college accredited educational opportunities in the form of culinary arts and hotel management training.
Rock Island State Park: The 883-acre park is located at the falls of the Caney Fork River between McMinnville and Sparta, Tennessee. The park features ten cabins. Rock Island has 60 campsites, each equipped with electrical and water hookups, grill, and picnic table.
Center Hill Lake Local Area Businesses
Smithville Golf Club
615-597-6648, 430 Golf Club Dr, Smithville, TN 37166-2603