With 620 miles of secluded shoreline and 30,000 acres of shimmering lake at your front door, you can water ski, swim, fish and scuba dive often without seeing another boat for hours.  Hendricks Creek Resort offers 24 rental Houseboats, 7 Cottages, a Full Service Marina, a Ships' Store, and a 5600 sq. ft. service center.  We are Pet Friendly for our 80 Plans, 40 Plans, and our Family Cottages.


Family Owned and Operated since 1953
Hendricks Creek Resort is a family owned and operated resort - one of the few on Dale Hollow Lake. We are three generations strong and strive to treat you as family from your arrival to departure. Take a moment to review our web site and then give us a call to book your family vacation in 2016! We’d love to have all ya’ll!  Click here for additional information about our business and family.

Family Owned & Operated

Dedicated to a Family Friendly atmosphere and Outstanding Customer Service the torch is being passed to the third generation as Bim and Pat begin their retirement days – overseeing the daily operations even though they aren’t on the “hillside.”

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Dedicated To The Environment

Hendricks Creek Resort Has Earned The Clean Marina Status

Dale Hollow Eagle Cam

The Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Cam is now Live!  You may watch by going to the Dale Hollow Lake Marina Association's Eagle Cam page! 

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Double Decker


New Double Decker Pontoons Available!

24' Double Decker Pontoon 30' Double Decker Pontoon 24' "Fishing" Pontoon 24' Pontoon

All Pontoons are equipped with:

Emergency VHF Radio & AM/FM Stereo Radio with CD


Life Jackets (except Infants)
Grills available upon request




Off Season

All other Dates


10’ X 30’

Dbl Deck

$250.00 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

$200 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

90 HP Engine

Up to 12 people

10’ X 24’-26’
Dbl Deck

$250.00 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

$200 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

90 HP Engine

Up to 10 people

8’ X 24’ 
Reg Pont

$250.00 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

$200 Daily

$250 Sec Dep

90 HP Engine,

Up to 6 people



Looking for that dream vacation? We have five styles of houseboats, to fit all family sizes and all budgets!

Plan 90's - Sleeps up to twelve
Plan 70's - Sleeps up to ten

Plan 80's - Sleeps up to ten*

Plan 40's - Sleeps up to six*

*Pet Friendly Plans


Two cottage styles for those fishermen/women or a family on a budget.

Family cottages - Sleeps up to six and pet friendly.

King Cottage - Sleeps up to eight with three private bedrooms.

Family Cottage
King Cottage

A covered slip is included at no charge for each cottage rental.


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Dale Hollow Eagle Cam

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Customer Comments

Just a few comments received from our satisfied customers!


  •  Hello Patty,
       Just to let you know that DM and I are back in Kingsport, TN and already talking about another visit in the Spring for bass fishing. Give our best to Pat, "Bim" and all the staff who treated us with nothing but respect and kindness. We have not ever experienced such a family atmosphere as is found at your lovely resort - it has kept the simple comfort of days gone by. All that you advertise in the resort booklet is what you can expect during one's stay. Thanks again. 
                                                                                                                        T. M.
  • Thank you so much for your hospitality! We really appreciate all the help!
  • Every year we come down here.  We love it!  Maybe next year we will rent a houseboat and bring the grand kids.
  • Second time there, always friendly staff.  Definitely makes us want to come back.
  • Great staff!! Great trip!
  • We had a FANTASTIC time.  LOVED it!  Beds were amazingly comfortable.  Great kitchen and nice grill.
  • Thank ya’ll so much. The houseboat was beautiful and the service was great!
  • Most excellent time. Loved the fact they loaded us. Your crew wouldn’t let us carry anything!


We've never been houseboating before who drives the boat?

  • Our friendly staff will teach the designated captain and first mates how to operate and drive your houseboat. In addition you will begin at the forward and work your way to the stern with instructions on everything from starting the engine, generator, water pump, working the water slide to tying the boat up safely to the shore of your choice. (We've even included a ‘cheat sheet' on board to review in case you have a problem.)

Do I need a special license to drive a houseboat?

  • No, you do not need a special license to drive a houseboat.  Our staff will go through complete instructions with a Captain and First Mate upon your arrival.

I am bringing my own runabout, fishing boat, ski boat.  Do I need to have a license or any other type of 'registration' to be on the waters of Dale Hollow Lake?

  • No you do not as long as your boat is registered per your states rules and regulations and the sticker / paperwork is with you.

How can I get a brochure?

  • You can request a brochure simply by calling us at 888-321-4000, or by completing the Contact Request form found by clicking here!

What items are on the houseboat we have rented for our vacation?

What items are in the family cottages?

What items are in the king cottage?

  • Please click here for an inventory of items.

How much does it cost to rent a Houseboat?

  • Please click here for Houseboat Rates & Seasons.

How much does it cost to rent a Cottage?

  • Please click here for Cottage Rates & Seasons.

How do we reserve a Houseboat or Cottage?

  • We have several pages on this site that will walk you thru making a reservation to understanding our terminology.

How many people are allowed on the houseboats?

  • At no time may there be more than;
    • 12 on our 90 Plans
    • 10 on our 70 Plans
    • 10 on our 80 Plans
    • 6 on our 40 Plans
    • 6 on our 10 Plans
  • Limits on the number of people are based upon the Bare Boat Charter rules by the Unites States Coast Guard.

We would like to bring our pet, are we allowed?

  • We are pet friendly on certain boats and in our Family Cottages. However, there is a not-refundable charge.  Please review our Pet Policy by clicking here.

What items do we need to bring?

  • Food - however, our ship store does stock a variety of food items such as milk, bread, eggs, cheeses, meats (frozen to keep fresh and cut for grillin’), canned veggies, cereals, pancake mix and much more.
  • Condiments - ketchup, mustard, salt & pepper along with spices for those special recipes you whip up.
  • Personal bedding* / linen - sheets and pillow cases, towels, wash clothes, beach towels, soaps, shampoos, etc. 
  • We do supply pillows and blankets.
  • Kitchen t-towels, dish cloths, pot holders, dish soap, air freshener.
  • Water toys, mask, snorkel, flippers, rafts etc.
  • DVD’s for movie nights, board games, cards.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Life Jackets / Vests for personal use
    • (Life Jackets on the boats are for emergency purposes only) There will be a charge if they have been used.
  • Insect repellant, sunscreen
  • *Please note - personal bedding (sheets, pillow cases, pillows & blankets) is provided only for our family and king cottages however, not towels and washcloths or kitchen t-towels and dish clothes.

What time can we board and expect to 'set sail’ or get our cottage?

Can we float freely on the lake?

  • During the daytime hours yes, you can float freely on the lake - however all boats must be tied up to the shoreline at dusk.  With 620 miles of shoreline you are sure to find your perfect location to hide out during your stay.

We are staying a week, will we have enough fuel and/or water on our houseboat?

  • We ask that if you are staying for longer than 4 days you bring your houseboat in to our dock for a mid-week service which includes - refilling water tanks, fuel tanks, checking your propane tanks, emptying the waste tanks and emptying your trash.  This is also a great time to pick up those forgotten items in our Ships’ Store.

Why do we need to rent a small boat or bring a boat with us?

  • All houseboats must be accompanied by a small safety MOTOR boat in case of medical emergencies. Houseboats do not move quickly enough to get to help if someone is injured or gets sick.
    Personal water crafts such as wave runners, jet skis, canoes, rafts, sailboats, etc. are NOT acceptable safety boats.

Is there a launch fee or parking fee for our boat and/or vehicle?

  • No, Hendricks Creek Resort does not charge a launch fee, nor do we not charge a parking fee.  We are one of only a few resorts on Dale Hollow Lake that does not charge a fee.

We are bringing a small boat or a ski boat, can I leave my trailer attached to our vehicle?

  • We ask that you park your trailer in our trailer lot at the top of the hill and bring your vehicle down to either parking area during your stay. 

Hendricks Creek Fishing Camp, Inc. dba Hendricks Creek Resort
Current Ownership - Est. 1953

About Us - Our History


     Hendricks Creek was originally purchased by J. Fred Pace as Dale Hollow Lake was being built. Fred joined forces with Gordon Brown, Sewell Harlin and Claud Brown to developed Hendricks Creek Dock, Inc. in 1945.  In 1950, J Fred Pace and the three partners dissolved "Hendricks Creek Dock, Inc" and sold the property to George Hardin in February of 1953.  
View of area as lake was being filled - mid/late 1940's

View of hillside in 1953

     Frank Brendel, Sr. an avid outdoorsman utilized a short term lease with George Hardin and ultimately purchased the current properties known as Hendricks Creek Fishing Camp, Inc. on September 18, 1953. This new venture was managed by "Red" Boyce from 1953 until 1960. Red was instrumental in overseeing the cottage construction and the addition to the Store, which at that time was a restaurant, bait, tackle shoFrank Brendel, Sr.p and check-in facility for the sleeping rooms and cottages.
Frank Brendel, Sr.

     In 1961, Frank "Bim" Brendel Jr. and wife Pat along with two of their children, came to Cumberland County from Canton, Ohio to manage Hendricks Creek Fishing Camp, Inc.  (Three additional children came along over the next seven years.)


     Hendricks Creek saw a World Record Smallmouth caught in April 1986 by Paul Beal.  Reeling in a 10.8 pound monster (on an 8# line) and the story goes Paul was ready to filet that fish until he showed it to Charles Shake – former manager at Hendricks Creek.
     While Dale Hollow Lake is known for the largest smallmouth bass in the world, it is also home to many other world class game fish.  Back in March of 1978, Porter Hash reeled in for forty-five minutes, a Kentucky State Record 51 inch 43 pound Muskie which is hanging in our ships store for all to see.   PorterHash muskie

     As times changed and the lake became a favorite for campers and boaters, houseboating was becoming popular.  Bim & Pat bought houseboats in the late 60's & early 70’s and built the rental fleet to as many as 36 over the years – the largest fleet on the lake.  


     During the past 50 plus years, Bim & Pat have spearheaded the operation to what it is today.  Over 1/3 of a mile of dockage, with 100+ private moorage slips for houseboats, 76 plus runabout / pontoon slips, a fleet of rental houseboats, pontoons, runabouts and fishing boats, expanded parking, a full size service shop for all kind of boat repairs and much more.  Over the years Bim and Pat have greeted 1,000’s of vacationing families at Hendricks Creek Resort, they have also been strong supporters of their local community. 
     In 2006 they were awarded the “Better Life Award’ from the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, for their involvement with our local nursing home, Cumberland Valley Manor.  Each year in the spring and/or fall, (weather permitting) a cruise is held for the residents of Cumberland Valley Manor.

     Dedicated to a Family Friendly atmosphere and Outstanding Customer Service the torch is being passed to the third generation as Bim and Pat begin their retirement days – overseeing the daily operations even though they aren’t on the “hillside.”  
    So if you are on Dale Hollow Lake in days to come, be sure to stop by and congratulate Bim and Pat for their dedication and accomplishments.

Our Rentals

Happy Hugger Special Off Spring Rate till November 27, 2017!

Plan 90's


Plan 70's


Plan 80's


Plan 40's


King Cottage


Family Cottage


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