Center Hill Lake’s temperate climate and undeveloped shoreline offers undisturbed natural beauty. With its warm summer water, rock bluffs, and three breathtaking waterfalls, a person could not find a better place to be in Middle Tennessee. Nestled along the Cumberland Plateau, Center Hill Lake is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors. Hidden Harbor Marina offers pontoon boat rentals, fishing boat rentals, houseboat rentals, cabin rentals and camping sites to Tennessee’s tourists, giving them more interaction with the Great Outdoors. Contact us today at (615) 597-8800 to reserve your boat, cabin, or campsite, and start planning your perfect summer getaway.
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The major tributaries flowing into Center Hill Lake are the Caney Fork River, Collins River, Rocky River, and the Falling Water. It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1946 and was built as a multi-purpose project for development of water resources including electricity production and flood control. Center Hill Dam was completed in 1948 and is 260 feet high. It is constructed with a combination of concrete and earth structures containing eight gates, each being 50 ft. wide. Extending 64 miles upstream and covering an area of 18,220 square acres, Center Hill Lake has a storage capacity of 762,000 acre feet of water. The lake has approximately 415 miles of shoreline, with a maximum depth of 190 feet. The water shed area for the lake is 2,174 square miles. Visibility in the lake ranges from 3.5 feet to 6 feet in the summer months.
The TWRA and local anglers have placed many fish attractors and brush piles throughout the lake, which adds to making Center Hill Lake an excellent lake for fishing. Abundant in the lake are smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, three types of crappie, catfish, bluegill, and walleye. Take one of our fishing boat rentals out and you might just catch a record-breaking fish! The Tennessee state record spotted bass was caught here in 1989 weighing 5 lbs. 8 oz.
There are three state parks and a golf course on Center Hill Lake and nine recreation areas run by the Army Corps of Engineers. Another nearby popular event is the annual Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Held each year on the weekend closest to July 4, the jamboree attracts international musicians and craftspeople for two days of blue grass and folk music, craft demonstrations, displays and concludes with the Grand Champion Fiddle-Off. This event has been selected as a Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Favorite.
For additional area information, visit the Smithville Chamber of Commerce website.