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Summer is almost here, and many families are already deciding on how they want to spend time together when the kids are on vacation. Tennessee comprises of some of these most beautiful lakes in the area that are perfect for fishing, relaxing, and spending time together. If you are looking for some great places to bring your boat for a fun day with the family, we’ve put together a list of our top five picks.  

1.Percy Priest Lake

If you are a Nashville resident and are looking for something in the neighborhood, Percy Priest is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Downtown. The lake itself is 42 miles long and was created by the Percy Priest Dam in the late 60’s. The lake has a number of marinas and boat ramps located throughout and allows almost every kind of water vehicle. If you are interested in the marina, there are five available that offer a variety of amenities like restaurants, showers, and slip rentals. Fate Sanders is open 360 days a year. You can view the complete list of Percy Priest Marinas online.

2.Dale Hollow Lake

Situated on the Kentucky/Tennessee border, Dale Hollow Lake offers individuals and families a complete day out. The lake provides three four-star marinas located in Pickett County, Tennessee. The lake is well-known for its fishing, but it’s lately become a great place for families to pull up and enjoy a lazy weekend. There are a few full-service marinas for you to rent a slip and get the family together with restaurants and stores nearby. You can visit the website to choose your favorite Dale Hollow Lake Marina.

3.Lake Barkley

Lake Barkley is another lake that hugs the Kentucky and Tennessee border that boasts enough activities for the whole family. There are plenty of commercial marinas to pull up and have a good time as well as, public parks, wildlife refuges, and hiking. There are three full-service marinas, two dedicated to pontoons, and one for fishing. Some offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while others provide guests with weekend entertainment. If you wanted to make it a mini staycation, you could find plenty of hotels and cabins. For a complete rundown of Lake Barkley Marinas visit their website.

4.Chickamauga Lake

One of the larger lakes in the state, Chickamauga Lake has 810 miles of shoreline. If you are keen on fishing, it gets rave review about the amount of bass you can catch. There are 18 different boat ramps located up and down the stretch that runs from Rhea County to Hamilton County Tennessee. If you like a bit of an excursion, there are 14 different little islands found throughout that you and your family can explore. If you want to do a little more, the lake offers hiking trails, float trips, and boasts a number of beautiful waterfalls to explore. Get all the information about Chickamauga Lake Marinas and boat ramps.

5.Norris Lake

Situated in Eastern Tennessee and stretching over 53 miles up the Powell River and 75 miles into Clinch River, Norris Lake is a recreational paradise. It’s ranked as one of the cleanest lakes by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). For the fisherman, the area is great for Largemouth Sea Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, and Redear Sunfish. Norris Lake offers 23 different marinas with a variety of services and facilities. All of which are family friendly. This is yet another destination location and allows more water vehicles like jet skis if you are looking for some recreational activities.

Fishing License

Don’t forget to bring your fishing license with you if you plan on keeping what you catch. Tennessee state law requires a fishing license if you aren’t going to catch and release. There are a few exemptions, but ensure you are following all the regulations of the Tennessee Fishing License Requirements.

Keep you and your family safe while on the water with boat insurance. Call Royce Williams Insurance, at  615-356-4800 to learn more about coverage and rates.

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