Process to book primitive camping at Center Hill Lake streamlined

June 1, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Center Hill Lake has streamlined its process to book primitive campsites during the 2021 recreation season.

Visitors can now book a primitive campsite online at or via telephone by calling 1-877-444-6777 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. CST. Available camping opportunities are found under the facility name “Center Hill Lake Primitive Camping Areas.”

Under the Center Hill Lake primitive camping areas, it is tentatively planned to have a total of 17 designated camping areas with 19 total campsites. Most of the areas existed before the lake draw down, which began in 2008 and included three major construction projects. Over the span of 13 years the sites were not easily accessible and have not received any use. The staff at Center Hill Lake has been working to clear vegetation from the camping areas and to install signage and fire rings. Campsites are transitioning to an open reservable status after they are prepped for use. Please note this may be a two-season process to open all 19 primitive campsites.

The following locations across the lake are open to primitive camping areas to date:
 Cane Hollow Recreation Area (3 sites)
 Davies Island North
 Davies Island East
 Davies Island West
 East Shore
 White County Access
 Big Hurricane
 South Shore
 Pedigo Point – Also known as Clay Point

Rules at developed campgrounds also apply at primitive campsites. Sites can be booked for 14 days in a 30-day consecutive period. Check in time is 3:30 p.m. and check out time is 2:30 p.m. Dumping of sewage and household items is prohibited under Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 326.9.

Those who have made reservations through the Natural Resource Management Office before May 13, 2021 have their site and reservation blocked for future use. Customers should receive an e-mail or phone call acknowledging these reservations for their awareness.

The Center Hill Lake Resource Manager’s Office is seeking volunteer groups with access to a vessel that would like to assist with clearing and/or maintaining of camping areas. If interested call 931-858-3125.

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