Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club is a full service marina conveniently located off of Hwy. 96 and I-40 featuring over 600 boat slip rentals, lakeview cabin rentals and pontoon boat rentals. Center Hill Marina is tucked away in a attractive cove where they have been delighting vacationers for over fifty years. They are known for their floating home-style restaurant – The Coppertop Restaurant where visitors and locals alike enjoy their homemade cuisine, especially the desserts. Marina manager, Mistie Mauldin is proud of their newest addition, an expansive fresh salad bar to complement any meal. The Coppertop Restaurant has an excellent ambience with a casual dining atmosphere which delights boaters and visitors throughout the season. Restaurant Manager, Helen Maynard loves to tell about their signature hand-breaded catfish and one of their dinner favorites - the “Redneck Nachos”. The “Redneck Nachos” are topped with hickory smoked pulled pork barbecue, homemade barbecue sauce and salsa, white beans and a blend of cheeses to create this delicious concoction. Their homemade desserts and pies are one of the things that keep customers coming back with favorites like banana pudding, chocolate pie and the peanut butter fudge pie - irresistible. You must make sure to save room for dessert and burn a few extra calories before you come in by swimming a few more laps or walking down the windy road leading to the marina. I don’t know about you, but I love a good old fashioned, home cooked, country breakfast on the weekends. Boy, you can sure find a delightful spread at their breakfast buffet which is served on Saturday and Sundays during the season. You will find favorites like biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, potatoes and made-to-order French toast. There is no microwave cooking in this restaurant. Everything is made from scratch. They are open during season, from mid-May through around Labor Day, on the weekends only (Friday – Sunday) with inside and outside seating. Come on down and enjoy Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club, maybe spend the weekend, drop by for dinner and see why Center Hill Marina has been serving so many Nashvillians for decades. The Ship’s Store also offers summer clothing, boating and camping supplies, ice cream, cold drinks, snacks and fishing tackle. Mistie and her team, pride themselves on keeping the service level high and want their customers to enjoy their vacation, take pleasure in their visit and come back again real soon! Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club can be visited online at www.centerhillmarina.com or they can be reached by phone at (615) 548-4315.
Cookeville Boat Dock (CBD) is a vibrant, multigenerational family business where Mama Bear Frida Gaw (Nash) and her children have operated the marina since 1967. Frida ran the business with her husband Reece Nash (who passed away several years ago) raising their children on the lake. They are all passionate about the marina business and love Center Hill Lake (CHL). Daughter Kimberly and her Mom are avid about wakeboarding and wake surfing. You will often see them out on the clear waters of CHL fine tuning their skills. Kimberly loves the sport and recently won third place in the World Wake Surfing Competition – coming in just behind a lady from Switzerland. Kimberly takes her responsibilities at the marina very seriously. However, every chance she gets she is out on the wakeboard or really excited about one of their newest outdoor toys - the Paddle Board. This is a really cool, flat water canoe that you stand up on and paddle. It has three fins in the back so you can ride the waves or wake! They offered to get me/“Annie” out on the infamous Paddle, but I wasn’t brave enough! Kimberly did get me on an INDO Board, which is a great indoor trainer to gain balance, work your upper back and stomach that gets you used to the balance needed for wakeboarding, surfing or the paddle board. CBD is on the northern shores of CHL and just down the road from Burgess Falls State Natural Area (one of the Burckhard favorite hiking places). CBD is known for their large selection of top merchandise brands O’Brien, Ronix, Hyperlite, Surftech and more plus they are available to give expert advice and lessons. One of the new O’Brien items is “Le Trainer” which is a training wakeboard for children. It is completely safe and a great tool to train children to control their balance and learn the techniques of wakeboarding/surfing. They are always trying to get the latest and newest items. They go to the annual world shows to talk to the pros, get the latest and most technologically advanced wakeboards and accessories. On June 22nd, one of the pros will be coming in to give a clinic for novices and to also teach some more advanced techniques. These pros can do some unbelievable stunts! Last year, Danny Harf, known for his 1260, came to CBD to give a clinic! Frida’s children Kimberly, Christina and Carl all have their responsibilities and love being down at the dock with Mom. Kimberly manages the restaurant, The Lighthouse Restaurant, which is known for their world famous catfish (hand filleted and breaded) served with all the fixings. They also offer fantastic hamburger steaks, burgers, salads, pizza and down home cooking. Armen has been the cook in the restaurant since the beginning and has a creative touch. Sundays are special, as they start out with a non-denominational church service at 8:30 AM with breakfast served afterwards. This year they will bring some bluegrass pickers and music down to the restaurant on the weekends and hope that talented Carl will join in occasionally. Bluegrass music runs deep in the family, as Frida’s Dad was a famous fiddle player and played with Porter Wagner. She says that music is in their blood with some deep roots. Christina manages the books and pays the bills and Carl does all the maintenance and keeps things humming smoothly. What is so nice is their love for each other, love for the lake and their exuberance as a family unit. It is truly special to see their family unit work at what they love - which carries over to their loyal customer base. CBD has over 250 boat slips, some of the largest houseboat slips, pontoon rentals and cabins. Their ship store is chock full with t-shirts, Hyperlite clothing, jewelry, marine and fishing supplies and of course “the” place on CHL for fun. They have a huge selection of lifejackets for adults, children and even dogs! If you buy your O’Brien, Hyperlite, Ronix and other water toys, CBD will be happy to blow them up for you at no charge and give you advice on your purchase. These water toys and named brand boards are available at incredible, competitive prices, due their volume and to their relationship with the manufacturers. Need sunglasses, CBD is the only marina selling the high end Costa Del Mar and Kaenon sunglasses. Fishing is great on CHL and CBD is the place to be. Free Fishing Day is June 11, 2011 and that also marks the annual Bluegill Tournament at CBD. CBD has an ongoing “Bragging Rights Tournament” where all the slip owners can compete for bragging rights for the largest fish caught. Jim McKinnie’s 8 ounce Bluegill caught on 10-31-10 is the current record for that species. The display board at the marina shows the most current record for several species. All you fishermen out there stop by and see what great fishing exists. Come to CBD and enjoy the safe, fun, family atmosphere! CBD can be visited at www.cookevilledock.com,
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Edgar Evins Marina was recently recognized for their exemplary action and commitment to pollution prevention and water protection on Center Hill Lake by being awarded the “Clean Marina” certificate and flag by Lt. Col. Anthony P. Mitchell, Commander of the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Those that know the Captain of this marina, the graceful Kaye Tuggle, and her fine team are not surprised. Edgar Evins Marina has a reputation of going over the top to serve and assist their loyal clients. They take the marina business seriously. Kaye made it a mission to work towards this coveted voluntary award and has spent many years improving areas of the marina that needed improvement to meet the expectations of the Corps of Engineers to preserve and protect beautiful Center Hill Lake. Her team has worked tirelessly to achieve all the goals. Today, Edgar Evins Marina can boast proudly of being the first and only “Clean Marina” on this attractive lake. Their many efforts are evident by looking around at their exceptional marina. Kaye’s philosophy during this challenge and rallying cry to her team was let’s “Go from Good to Great”. Her leadership and dedication provided the first free state-of-the-art pump outs at their docks, responsible solid waste disposal, and many improvements to protect the waterways. On a gorgeous June 15th, 2010, many politicians and dignitaries were on hand to present the award as Kaye smiled and humbly accepted the designation and honor as they hoisted the Clean Marina flag over the facility. She also graciously accepted the proclamation from Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers signed by Governor Phil Bredeson honoring her for her work, dedication and receiving of this impressive award. Everyone is encouraged to strive to keep our waters clean and free of pollution of all types. Help preserve and protect our precious natural resources for the enjoyment of not only this, but future generations. Edgar Evins Marina is the marina that adjoins the Edgar Evins State Park. It is conveniently located between Cookeville and Nashville, off I-40. The forest lined road that leads to the marina has an abundance of wildlife. It is not uncommon to see deer, wild turkey, pheasant, and rabbits strolling along the roadway, plus the occasional eagle soaring across the skies. Edgar Evins Marina offers a wonderful dining experience at The Galley Restaurant with delicious meals. Edgar Evins Marina can be visited on the web at www.edgarevinsmarina.com or by phone at 931-858-5695.
Hidden Harbor Marina is an idyllic marina tucked away on beautiful Center Hill Lake that caters to families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily routines and hectic careers. The Leiser family, Brian and Stacy moved here from California over 14 years ago. Their whole family (kids included) has worked to offer exceptional service, fun and a special ambience. There have been some major changes over the winter. Despite the snow and cold, Hidden Harbor is boasting of a new ship’s store and restaurant built by their team. The Leiser family has been very busy. Stacy and Brian are proud that they were able to accomplish most of these changes with their fine team. Stacy smiles when she talks about their many talents and those of husband Brian who designed everything and led the crew - right down to the new wide concrete walkways and docks leading to the new ship’s store. The high cathedral style ceilings are lovely - made out of knotty pine tongue and groove (designed by Brian). The new ship’s store offers their awesome cheeseburgers, hamburgers, chicken wings, grilled chicken, and (my favorite) Hunt Brothers pizza made fresh to order! You can order ahead on Channel 8 on your marina radio and easily pick up some pizzas for lunch, dinner, or for a family gathering. Everyone loves pizza and Hunt Brothers pizza is delicious, especially the vegetarian pizza - or the meat lovers for all the meat lovers out there. The restaurant will have several tables available for dine in or you can take it back to your boat, campsite or cabin. Wi-Fi is available in the store, so if you need to, you can check your emails. The ship’s store will also have t-shirts, souvenirs, marina and fishing supplies and of course candy, snacks and some of those grocery items that you might have forgotten. Hidden Harbor is a perfect secluded slice of heaven with camping, campsites for your RV, cabins and 4 new 18’ x 50’ boat slips. The camping and cabin area is like being in the forest with lots of trees, tremendous lake views, picnic areas, hillside fishing with 16 campsites with full hook-ups and 9 sites for tent camping. There are 4 new one bedroom cabins that offer all the amenities. Over the past few years, they have also added some fun and sassy, double decker pontoon boats with the largest, fastest, 150 HP motors on Center Hill Lake. These primary color pontoon boats (including Volunteer Orange, Sunshine Yellow, and Bold Purple) are fun, spacious and great for a family outing on the lake. The kids (and adults) will love the water slides that will keep the kids busy all day long. Hidden Harbor Marina has it all, cabins, camping, pontoon and houseboat rentals and a restaurant. The Leisers have four children who have or still are part of the business - Sean, Ryan, Samantha and Brandon. They know most of their regular customers and their children’s names and love to see them return again and again. There is a casual, laid back, family atmosphere which brings families back every year. One of their family members (eleven year old dock dog Riley) died several weeks ago but will be included in the new lake mural that will be in the new store. The mural depicts the wonderful memorable times on Center Hill Lake at Hidden Harbor Marina. Come home to Hidden Harbor Marina and get spoiled by Stacy, Brian, their fine children and the team. Relax. You will be able to unwind, kick back and enjoy God’s country with the sites, sounds and beauty of Center Hill Lake and the plush surroundings. Hidden Harbor can be reached by phoning 615-597-8800 or by visiting their website, www.hiddenharbortn.com. Enjoy your visit and make sure that you tell them that “Annie” sent you.
Hurricane Marina is known as the “granddaddy of the marinas” on Center Hill Lake where the folks looking for the “wow” factor come to be part of a family boating atmosphere. With over 600 slips, this year round marina offers some of the largest houseboats, yachts and pontoon boats on the lake. Many people enjoy the lake, marina and boater’s cammaderie year round due to the fact that most of the boats have screened in boat enclosures. These enclosures offer opportunities to sit out and enjoy the great outdoor boating life, any time of year without the nuisance of bugs and direct exposure to the elements. These custom boat enclosures are very functional and manufactured locally at Sligo Canvas Shop. Hurricane Marina is nestled in the lake’s only natural harbor and has the reputation of the being the marina where things are always going on. The boaters love the social events, family atmosphere, and being where entertainment is the mode of operation. One event is the popular progressive dinners that many of the slip customers participate in. It is hard not to get to know your boating neighbors and co-managers, Lisa Barton and Bill Sloan who keep the activities flowing. On a recent visit to the marina, Lisa was so looking forward to the first hints of spring and the flurry of activity at Hurricane Marina, she was smiling and so exuberant. Some of the popular events include the last Friday of the month Shrimp Boil, where the bounty overflows with shrimp and all the fixings. Their fireworks bonanza is the largest on the lake. Boaters participate by decorating their boats; there is lots of live music and loads of fun. The Halloween event is no doubt one of the favorites among the boaters who love to dress up and to see and be the best of the best. The annual corn hole event is also a blast for the novice and those who proclaim to be pretty darn good at corn hole. The laughter, friendship and the social atmosphere are evident at Hurricane Marina. If you want to enjoy your summers and weekend get aways flavored with a true boaters’ lifestyle - this is the place! Hurricane has also spent the last six years updating and transforming one of the oldest marinas on the lake into one of the most state-of-the-art marinas by adding amenities to enhance the boaters’ experience such as trash pick-up, courtesy golf cart valet, catering, overnight dockage, boat launch ($5.00 fee for non-members), free WI-FI at the dock, 200 amp electrical hook-ups, free sanitary pump-outs and keypad - 24/7 security. Hurricane also loves to serve their guests with excellent service. At their superb restaurant, the Blue Water Grille they offer some outstanding meals with lakeside dining and delicious cuisine. Blue Water Grille opens at the end of March and stays open through the end of the year for their awesome New Year Eve’s celebration. Come on by and have some delicious seafood, grilled steaks and salads. The new underwater blue lights shine brightly and show off the magnificent setting - and the fish like it too! Check out Hurricane Marina’s up-to-date event information, the Blue Water Grill menu and the details about the marina. They can be reached at 931-858-2221 or visiting their website, at www.hurricanemarina.net.
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Sligo Marina is owned by Guy Luna, Jr. and Gary Luna. It is truly a family owned and operated marina and has been since 1981. Sligo Marina has gone through major renovations to offer even more family fun and enjoyment on beautiful Center Hill Lake. Dennis Kay is returning as Restaurant and Store Manager. He will gladly assist you with renting one of 5 pontoon boats or one of the 6 cabins that are available. Dennis was the Concessions Manager for Sligo during the 1998-1999 seasons. He is very excited to be back. He has been a boater for years and will provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for the marina. Dennis speaks lovingly about his vision and the changes going on at the marina. The Wheelhouse Restaurant has also undergone major renovations and will be offering a new menu with what Dennis promises will be the best variety and most tasty appetizers on Center Hill Lake. His favorite is their new chicken wings. If you haven’t tried the Sligo Burger, you haven’t tried the best burger on Center Hill Lake. This popular huge hamburger steak offers all the fixings. Top this off with some of their new Mexican cheese sticks or onion rings! The new 1,000 square foot covered pavilion area outside the Wheelhouse will offer additional seating, plus an area for entertainment. Dennis envisions lots of fun with hot summer nights and folks picking and playing under the wonderful new covered outside seating area. What a great place for a wedding, family reunion, special get together or meeting. The covered slips are being expanded and upgraded, plus pontoon and cabin rentals are available. WI-FI is available and don’t forget to check out their Ship’s Store which offers plenty of summer merchandise, souvenirs, grocery items, fishing tackle, and bait. Come on down to Sligo Marina and experience the Luna family’s hospitality and desire to serve you. Sligo Marina can be visited online at www.sligoboatdock.com or give them a call at 615-597-5245.