Cruising Guide and Anchorages

Hambrick Hollow
Mill Hollow
No facilities
Chart: TRNC51, TVA501;
Mile: TN-349.8        Pool: 595.0 feet
This is a convenient anchorage from which to make an early start for Guntersville Lock.  It is also an easy on-off stop if you are upbound and have been overtaken by darkness after a lock delay.  About the same distance from the locks as the more scenic Mill Hollow anchorage on the southern shore, Hambrick is extremely easy to locate after dark.
Hambrick Hollow is immediately east of Hambrick Light #349.5 on the northern shore of Guntersville Lake.  The cove is designated as a First Class Safety Harbor and has white arrow markers on both points of the cove's wide entrance.
There are also two large mooring cells at the western entrance that serve as excellent landmarks.  Depths are good between the cells and well into the cove.  Though it is unlikely that a towboat will come inside the harbor when the mooring cells are more available outside, we proceed to about the harbor's limit crosses, visible on both banks, just in case.  We swing to one anchor here.
The harbor is open to over a half mile of the deepest part of the open lake, and if a strong, pre-frontal southwesterly wind is blowing, the anchorage can be very choppy.  Much better protection can be obtained across the river at Mill Hollow.
There is a nice view at anchor.  To the north at the head of the hollow is Bishop Mountain, while across the lake are the precipitous Georgia Mountains.
No facilities
Chart: TRNC51; TVA501
Mile: TN-349.5 + 0.8        Pool: 595.0 feet
Once above Guntersville Lock, head for the lake's southern shore; Mill Hollow is the first large cove east of the dam.  Least depths range in the mid- to upper 20s from the lock to the cove's wide mouth.  Inside, shoaling is gradual as you approach an inner westerly point.
Since the cove is open to the north, it is essential to round this small point for full protection in its lee.  The end of the anchorage is shallow, but there is good depth just to the south and around the far inner headland.  Sound carefully for swinging room, however.  We prefer to put out an anchor on the southeastern shore and then run a stern line to a tree on the western bank, just south of a large, distinctive rock at the water's edge.
On weekends small boats occasionally bring in families to camp in the small clearing on the western bank near the rock.  And no wonder:  This is a pretty stop.  The cove is surrounded by the Georgia Mountains, and cliffs and escarpments tower over it.