Dale Hollow Lake Plankyard Access Area closing April 1

Debris and drift wood covers the Plank Yard Access Area at Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown, Tenn., March 12, 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is closing access to the area for an unspecified timeframe beginning April 1, 2019. (USACE Photo by Sondra Carmen)

NASHVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces the Plankyard Access Area at Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown is closing for an unspecified timeframe on April 1.

The Plankyard contains both a primitive campsite and boat launching ramp. The closure is necessary for on-site collection of drift and debris resulting from recent high water at Dale Hollow Lake.

“The access road leading to the ramp will be barricaded and closed to vehicular traffic near the entrance to Plankyard Road,” said Resource Manager Stephen Beason. “Vehicular traffic on the Plank Yard Road is extremely discouraged.”

The road width is narrow and there won’t be a turnaround point at the gate.

Nearby alternative boat launching ramps include Obey River Day Use Area, Sunset Marina, Star Point Marina, Eagles Cove Marina, and Cove Creek.

Go to the Dale Hollow Lake Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dalehollowlake or the lake’s web page at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/pao/lakeinfo/DAL.htm for updates on the status of this closure and reopening information.

Recreation Update

The Corps of Engineers continues to assess conditions as the lake recedes at its recreation areas, to include Lillydale Campground and Obey River Campground. Initial assessments at Lillydale and Obey River Campgrounds project a delay in opening of up to 30 days. Willow Grove Campground and Dale Hollow Dam Campground should open as scheduled. Lake-wide primitive camping locations are normally open all year, but are closed due to high water, most likely into April. Officials will post updates on the condition and availability of recreational facilities to the lake’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dalehollowlake.

Alternatives for visitors affected by reservation cancellations at Dale Hollow Lake include Dale Hollow Lake State ParkDale Hollow Lake marinascampgrounds at other Nashville District lakes, and other Kentucky and Tennessee state parks.

The staff at Dale Hollow Lake is communicating with recreation.gov officials to notify guests with existing reservations of any campground and shelter cancellations.  Visitors who are concerned about their campsite or shelter reservations should call the Dale Hollow Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 931-243-3136.  They may also visit www.recreation.gov for information about their existing camping or shelter reservation or to check the availability of facilities.  Customers with existing reservations for closed sites due to flooding will be given the option for a full refund or moving their reservation to another available site with no service charge but must contact the resource manager’s office.

News and information regarding flooding impacts to Nashville District recreation areas will be made available on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.  

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