Hurricane Marina is centrally located to the metropolitan areas of Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Cookeville, and it is easily accessible from Interstate 40. It is closest to the city of Cookeville, TN, which is home to Tennessee Tech University.
The city offers several hotels and dining options for anyone who wants to explore the area around the lake more fully. Cookeville is a city with a small town feel and is full of energy and things to do. Center Hill Lake is one of Tennessee’s most pristine and peaceful lakes, with 415 miles of undisturbed shoreline. Hurricane Marine is in one of Center Hill’s only natural harbors and offers pristine shorelines and privacy to its clients.
- Completed in 1948, located 26.6 miles up the Caney Fork
- Located in four counties (Dekalb, Putnam, Warren & White)
- The lake is 64 miles long at the normal summer pool of 648 feet above mean sea level
- Shoreline distance is 415 miles at the 685 elevation
- Project purposes include flood control, hydropower and recreation
- Drainage area for flood control is 2,195 square miles
- Economic impact of recreational spending in the lake region (1996) $101 million
- Total Revenues collected $220,393 (1995) and 241,659 (1996)
- In 1996, 2,245 volunteers donated 66,406 hours of work with a dollar value of $1,066,160
- Hydro power capacity is 135,000 kw in 3 units or 45,000 in each unit
- 1995 Center Hill Power Plant produced 308.8 million kw hours of electricity which generated over $4.7 million in revenues
The lake provides varied outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities to choose from including fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, and many others. Center Hill belongs to you. Treat our lake and surrounding area with respect by keeping it clean and attractive. Enjoy yourself, have a safe visit, and come again.
The Center Hill Lake Information Center located at the Resource Manager’s Office offers the visitor a pictorial history of the construction of the dam and a wildlife exhibit featuring many of the birds and animals which are found in the area. Center Hill’s forested shoreline and close proximity to major metropolitan areas and Interstate 40 make it an ideal spot for boating and skiing. Hurricane Marina provides easy access and supplies for boaters. As the number of boaters visiting Center Hill have increased in recent years, visitors are encouraged to wear life jackets, pay close attention at all times, abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages, and become familiar with the rules of the road and basic boating regulations.
Tennessee Boating Regulations apply when boating here and all boaters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the current boating laws. You may contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
concerning boating regulations and boating safety information. Many anglers travel long distances, even from out-of state, to experience the exceptional crappie, bass, and walleye fishing on Center Hill Lake. Tennessee state fishing licenses are required for most individuals prior to fishing. Licenses may be purchased at County Clerk’s offices, marinas and many other commercial establishments in the area.
Center Hill Lake is a popular destination for many hunters. With approximately 20,000 acres of forested public property along the shoreline at Center Hill Lake, endless opportunities for hunting white-tail deer, wild turkey, and small game (squirrel, rabbits) abound. Hunters often ask the question: “Where near Center Hill Lake may I hunt?” The answer includes most Corps of Engineers’ managed public lands that are not developed recreation areas, are not leased to other entities, and are not designated as “No Hunting.” All State hunting rules and regulations apply. Wildlife Management Area (WMA) rules apply on the Edgar Evins State Park WMA and hunters are required to register and obtain a free permit to hunt on state park property from the Edgar Evins headquarters, (931) 858-2446. Specific questions about Corps’ property can be addressed by contacting a Park Ranger at the Resource Manager’s Office, (931) 858-3125 or (615) 548-4521.
Swimming on Center Hill Lake is one of the more popular water-based activities. Swimming is prohibited at launching ramps, mooring points, marinas, public docks, and posted areas. It is allowed elsewhere, but for safety’s sake please swim only in specifically designated areas. These areas are much safer as they are off-limits to boaters of all kinds. They are surrounded by “restricted area” buoys and a floating orange pipeline. For more information about Center Hill Lake Click Here