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Dale Hollow Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Dale Hollow Lake. If you need additional assistance, please contact us toll-free at 888-454-8825 or click here to submit a request for more guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable Houseboat Rental Agents are always happy to help.

Houseboating season typically runs April through October. Summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) is the most popular and is the busiest season. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures.

Houseboats that depart from Sunset Marina:

  • The maximum capacity of these houseboats is up to 12 at all times.

To rent from Sunset Marina, the renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers' license.

Pets are not allowed on houseboats from the Sunset Marina

For houseboats departing from the Sunset Marina, the following law is followed:

TENNESSEE BOATER LAWS: To operate a motorized vessel of more than 8.5hp, Those less than 12 years old must have a supervisor on board who is at least 18 years old and able to take immediate control of the vessel. The supervisor, if born after Jan. 1, 1990, also must have a Tennessee Boater Education Certificate issued by the TWRA. Download Tennessee’s Boater Regulations HERE.

The cost of a houseboat vacation is based on a few variables: what time of year you plan to visit, what size of houseboat, how long of a trip, etc. See the Pricing Page for more details

Generally, people reserve about 6 months in advance. But it's always a good idea to make a reservation as soon as you're ready, especially if you have specific dates in mind or if you're planning a trip over a holiday weekend or on a special promotion.

Give us a call at 888-454-8825. Our reservation agents are happy to check availability or confirm your vacation.

Alternatively, you may Contact Us Online with your availability request, and one of our agents will get back to you with the information you need.

Eagle Cove and Holly Creek Resort:

To reserve:

  • A $500 deposit is due at the time of booking
  • Balance is due 45 days prior to departure.


  • From time of booking until 46 days prior to arrival - forfeit $250 plus tax
  • 45 days or less prior to arrival - forfeit full rental fee plus tax
  • Cancellation Fees are subject to the local sales tax
  • Full forfeiture of all deposits and rentals fees for reservations made for holiday vacations, including Memorial Day,  the Fourth of July, Labor Day and any "special events" if canceled at any time
  • Transfer of dates or pre-payments may be made up to 46 day prior to the original date in the same calendar year for $100
  • Rental may be moved to the next calendar year for $250 if changed up to 46 days prior to departure.

Houseboats that depart from Sunset Marina:

To reserve:

  • A $550-750 deposit is due within 7 days of booking, must be paid by personal or cashier's check. This amount is applied toward your total like a down payment.
  • The remaining balance is due 15 days prior to your arrival also by check payment
  • *All credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee
  • A $100 booking fee will be applied to certain dates in May - September


  • More than 60 days notice: forfeit 25% of deposit
  • 60-30 days notice: forfeit 50% of deposit
  • 30-15 days notice: forfeit 75% of deposit
  • Less than 15 days notice: forfeit full rental

Basics such as cookware and serve-ware (pots, plans, plates, glasses, utensils, etc.) come equipped on the houseboat. You are responsible for bringing all of your food, beverages, and spices down to salt and pepper.

Fuel is not included in the houseboat rental. Like a rental car, you'll pick up the houseboat full and you'll be responsible for the final refueling at the end of your trip to pay for what you've used.

Typically, we recommend that you budget about $100 per day for fuel. Of course, it may be more or less based on how much you drive the houseboat each day and how much you run the generator.

Sunset Marina

  • Blankets and pillows are provided on houseboat rentals from Sunset Marina.
  • You will need to provide your own sheets, pillow cases, and towels.

For houseboats departing from Sunset Marina:

  • You may pick up the houseboat between 4pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 10am on your final day.

*Sunset Marina operates on a set schedule:

  • 3 night weekend: Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Monday
  • 4 night or 5 night rentals may start on Sunday or Monday
  • 7 night rentals may begin any day of the week

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 6pm. The marina staff will expect your arrival so you can load the houseboat and sleep on it that night in the marina, then go through the check in and orientation process the next morning before you go out on the water.

See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Dale Hollow Lake area.

Sunset Marina and Resort

2040 Sunset Dock Road, Monroe TN 38573

*The above addresses are for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to these addresses

You will want to come fully prepared with all groceries as there are no grocery or restaurant opportunities along the lake.

Each marina has a small marina store stocked with limited convenience items and ice.


Yes! Fishing is great at Dale Hollow Lake!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Kentucky Muskie, as well as Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Crappie and Catfish.

A Tennessee state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Dale Hollow Lake. Be sure to purchase a license Online before you arrive at the marina.

Seasickness is very uncommon on fresh water because the lake is mostly calm and houseboats are wider and more stable than smaller boats. However, if you get sick easily we recommend that you take necessary precautions.