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Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge)
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

I've stayed at this place several times. The rooms are always clean, staff friendly & on Friday & Saturday they have the best food on the lake. This place is well worth the drive. Great hiking trails, caves and wildlife.

Room Tip: Highest floor for best views
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Paris285
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

My wife and I have visited Dale Hollow Lake State Park on a number of occasions and always stay in the lodge. Rooms are basic, but have a balcony facing the lake-side of the buildings. The rooms are serviced daily. Because of the rural setting, bugs and critters are a given. Nevertheless, the park serves as a wonderful getaway.

WiFi is available. C-phone service is iffy. While a tower is on site, there is no AT&T service in the park.

Families head for the outdoor pool or find a number of other things to pass time. Dale Hollow offers one of the best freshwater lakes for fishing in the eastern US. Camping sites, cabins, a marina, hiking trails, horseback riding and a golf course are included in the park complex. Park programs and entertainment may be scheduled.

The resort restaurant serves up a variety of foods that tends to be basic—definitely not gourmet—and often mediocre. There are no other restaurants in the immediate area. The location of the resort is in a dry county, i.e. no “legal” alcohol to be found; so, ordering wine or beer with dinner is not an option.

While service can be slow, the staff is friendly and the scenery is beautiful. This is an area of Kentucky that draws us back from time to time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank KyColonel
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

OK.... I hate to write this review because I can't do it without mentioning what a great freakin lake Dale Hollow lake is. (Yea, I know I ended in a prepsition.) So, you are coming to the best lake in the Eastern US. Just don't tell anybody... it's starting to get crowded! Here are your options. 1) Camp (campgrounds or remote on the lake somewhere), 2) Rent a houseboat, 3) Rent a cabin (some of these are a little rough - buyer beware), 4) stay in a 50 year old motel in a nearby town, 5) Own a houseboat or have a firend with one, and finally... if none of those are options, stay at a really nice lodge (no, its not a Marriot) and have a nice meal, a soft bed, and GO TO THE LAKE. Hopefully its why you are there... unless you golf or horseback (two other cool things to do). This place has a WONDERFUL buffet on Friday nights with mouth watering catfish. Other nights are good too! There is a shuttle to get you to and from the marina where you can rent a small, medium or large pontoon for 1/2 or full day. You've got 600 miles of shoreline... you won't see it all and may even experience the excitement of getting lost. The water is clear and warm by June. If you don't like the lake and being in the middle of nowhere - a place where you can see about 1 million stars on a clear night... don't go here.

Room Tip: Lake View - There is a section that doesn't overlook the lake. Its newer, but highly recommend lake view. Ground levels may be visited by friendly racoons looking for a hand out. Be careful though, they will come in your room if the sliding door is left open.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank Tim Y
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Came for a wedding this past summer. This place is a DUMP. Every room wreaked of mold and mildew. The furniture in the room was damp and clammy making it unusable. The day we checked out, I found a mouse and a giant beetle living behind our dresser. When I confronted the front desk about it, they acted like it was no big deal and that we were crazy for trying to complain about it. I would NEVER stay here again and will do everything in my power to keep people from wasting their money on this place. A mouse....really? Anyone who gave this place a good review was either paid by the staff or high on meth.

Room Tip: Pack a tent. It will be more comfortable, smell better, and probably not house any mice
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Xander V
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

I went to the Dale Hollow Lake Resort to attend a wedding. It was somewhat nice. The area is beautiful being up in the Kentucky Hills and everything. There isn't really much charm to the place. They have a pool they close at night, and no lake access. The majority of the guests are from a 2 hour radius around the lake that come to bring their boats and jet skis. The lodge presents a place to get a good nights sleep and a good shower. I must say that the staff was the best part. My housekeepers name was kyna i believe, and she was awesome. Vaughn behind the desk was cool and Krystal took care of us as well. If i spelled these names wrong I apologize, but they were worth mentioning.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank miaminumberone
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