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Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge)
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Burkesville
Certificate of Excellence
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful setting and grounds, rooms could use an update”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

My husband and I spent 3 nights here the end of June. We have stayed in other state park resorts, but never Dale Hollow, the large lake being the draw. The grounds are really beautiful and well kept. The room, although very clean, needed work. The bedspread was actually tattered, the sheets very thin with a few holes. We wanted our sheets changed only one of the nights to save water, but they did not change them just made the bed up with the dirty sheets. I could tell by the sames holes in the sheets:) It was hard to give an overall rating as other things about the park were very good. The pool was nice, clean, plenty of chairs. People were friendly. We stayed in a non view room, but really, all face the lake. The no view ones just have a ton of trees blocking the view.
We ate in the restaurant one breakfast and one dinner. I just got the salad/soup bar for dinner as there was too much fried food for my liking. Fresh salad and yummy soup!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Nineteen family members spent a memorable weekend at this state park resort in a beautiful setting on a bluff overlooking the lake and viewing the surrounding Kentucky woodlands and the undeveloped hills of Tennessee. The lodge and convention center are impressively constructed of native limestone and timbers with rooms that are adequate and clean. All have balconies and many have views of the lake. The Island View Restaurant featured breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets that offered three or four meat selections and a variety of sides, salads, and desserts that were all deliciously prepared and in generous supply. We had a wonderful birthday celebration in a private meeting room in the conference center. This is a place where a family, ranging in age from seventy-one to three, all had a great time playing, swimming, eating, relaxing, and celebrating together. We left hoping for more times like this in the future!

Room Tip: Rooms in the lodge closest to restaurant and convention center have the best views of the lake
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Winchester, Kentucky, USA
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

The lake view is awesome to bad you can't get to it unless you drive to the marina, we didn't find time for that on this trip but will defiantly be back to site see. The people are friendly and the rooms were very clean but old. Take snacks with you because the lodge restaurant is the only hot food source within miles (during certain hours ONLY) and its not very good but the service was great. We did encounter a problem with the private dining room that was booked for our meeting in that we were not allowed to bring in our own beverages and that was a specific agreement at the time of booking. Our group will not stay at any other ky state parks in the near future.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Our room was modest, but clean. The room could use updating and more pillows. We upgraded to a room with a view and it was worth it. We had a balcony that overlooked the lake and were able to enjoy a spectacular sunset and sunrise. The restaurant is very attractive. The food was good and reasonably priced for a place with no competition in the area. Overall, the lodge is a good value. We enjoyed our stay there.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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louisville
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88 reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

You won't have many options for lodging in Kentucky on Dale Hollow Lake. This state park lodge is one of the few in the state that accomodates and allows boat trailer parking on the hotel grounds. The modest rooms are clean, with balconies (limited views in summer because of tree foliage) and the resort has a restaurant. The Lake is beautiful and though you can't walk along the water at the resort if you go down to the marina the parking lot on the right has access to trails skimming the lake and on to a cove that offers great swimming. If you aren't camping this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Their king bed rooms are all handicap rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edgewood, Kentucky
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

We stayed two nights and three days at Dale Hollow Lodge with beautiful weather. We had stayed in the lodge the first year it opened and were glad to see the additions to the property like the putt-putt, marina, etc. The lodge was clean and accommodating. Food in the dining room good as at all other state parks. My biggest beef was that we paid an upgrade for the lakeview rooms and could barely see the lake - we were on the second floor. Definitely not what I remembered from our visit in 1998. The view was perfect then and is what made me want to come back. I would suggest cutting down a few trees or at least trim them as the view is important to the ambiance of the lodge. There was actually a big dead tree directly behind the restaurant obstructing that view also. Also, dissappointed we didn't see any wildlife. We rode around the park several times and no deer in the fields or even raccoons behind the lodge as in previous trip. Additionally, we rode to the campgrounds to participate in one of the planned activities, waited and found no one showed up. Nevertheless, we had a fantastic time -- we rented a pontoon at the marina and spent an entire day of the lake. FANTASTIC!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Greeneville, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2012

This was a trip with my husbands place of employment! We checked in on a Thursday. Loved the pool that afternoon and then headed to the lake the next day! We brought our pontoon boat with us and my husbands boss rented a ski boat for all the kids. Well needless to say, the kids loved the lake. Beautiful weather while we were there the first part of July. The rooms are spacious and I just fell in love with the bathroom storage. DIY here I come - I'm gonna do that at home!! We did not eat at the restaurant while we were there but others in our party said it was good! We will definitely be back!

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Property: Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge)
Address: 6371 State Park Rd, Burkesville, KY 42717-9500
Region: United States > Kentucky > Burkesville
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Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Burkesville
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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