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What Do YOU Want for Christmas? Check out the Houseboat Sale!

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There are gifts that you open right away and they are forgotten. BUT there are those really special gifts that are the ones that give for years to come.

How about a Big Red Bow on a Houseboat for that special gift under your tree this year….To be specific, How about a 53 Foot Aluminum Houseboat built by Salabrations? How about stopping by Mitchell Creek Marina to take a look?

There are 3 Houseboats for Sale. All Built in 2006-07 by Salabrations.

Call Mitchell Creek Marina: 931.823.6666

To take a look at the best Holiday Gift EVER…

Bring Sunscreen!

You’ve packed towels, life jackets, bathing suits, fishing gear, food, paper supplies, phone charger, a great summer book, toiletries…. But one of the most important supplies you need to remember is BRING SUNSCREEN! – And, of course, if you run out or forget, you can pick up Sunscreen in the Marina Store.

And there are some important things you need to know to make sure that your fun in the sun at Dale Hollow isn’t changed by too much sunshine. The first is to understand that not all sunscreens are created equal!

There are two types of sunrays, UVA an UVB. Both can be harmful but sunscreens vary in which types of rays they help protect against. UVA are rays are the longer rays that cause skin damage, aging and some cancers. UVB are shorter rays that cause sunburns, skin damage and some cancers.

You want to select a broad spectrum sunscreen that helps with both UVA and UVB protections.

The second issue is SPF. Sunscreens come in various ratings for SPF. Your skin will begin to turn pink/red within 20 minutes of exposure to the sun. Sunscreens that have ratings of at least 15 SPF are supposed to be able to protect you for an additional 15 times. Of course, this assumes that you are not wet or sweaty.

A rating of 15 SPF should block 93% of the UBV light. 30 SPF blocks 97% and 50 SPF blocks 98% of UBV light.

It also takes time for your cells to absorb the sunscreen to provide any protections. You should always plan to apply sunscreen 20 minutes BEFORE you expect to be in the sun. And you should reapply sunscreen every 20 minutes after the first application or after getting wet.

The amount of sunscreen you use should be about 1 oz for each application. That is the equivalent of about a shot glass of sunscreen for each person for each application. Many studies of sunscreen use indicate that most people use only about 25% of the quantity needed to actually protect them.

And make sure that you apply sunscreen to the “forgotten spots”! These include the tops of your feet, back of your neck, behind your ears and along the part in your scalp.

A word about babies. Under 6 months old, babies sensitive skin can react badly to both the chemicals of sunscreen AND the sun exposure.


Coast Guard Recognition

Mitchell Creek Marina recognized by Coast Guard for boating safety, environmentalism

Mitchell Creek Marina was recently recognized by the district U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for their efforts in recreational boating safety and environmental protection.

“This is special recognition for one of our most valuable and effective recreational boating safety partners,” said Phil Mammano, operational specialist of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-05 in Nashville.

Mammon and two colleagues presented a special plaque to Mitchell Creek Marina owner April Patterson in September, in “recognition of their commitment to excellence in boating safety and environmental protection.”

“From the day she took over at Mitchell Creek Marina, Patterson leaned forward into promoting recreational boating safety and environmental stewardship of our precious natural resources,” Mammano said.

Mitchell Creek has also been recognized as a Clean Marina by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“They inform boaters about the prevention of oil, plastic and sewage pollution, as well as providing educational literature in their storefront,” Mammano said.

“They have hosted us many times for vessel safety checks, public affairs programs, public education and operational patrols over the past decade,” he said. “The marina has fostered a safe and family-friendly lake resort and has been there to assist us with our missions whenever we are at Dale Hollow Lake. We are very proud to have their friendship and gracious support.

“Mitchell Creek Marina has demonstrated exceptional support of the statutory missions of the United States Coast Guard in terms of boating safety and the marine environment,” Mammano said.

“We’re very grateful to be recognized by the Coast Guard Auxiliary in this way,” Patterson said. “We strive to support safe boating practices and to be a part of keeping our environment at Dale Hollow Lake as clean and sustainable as possible.”

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-04, through the efforts of all-volunteer, uniformed civilian members, conducts safety patrols on Cheatham, Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Percy Priest, Center Hill and Dale Hollow lakes, as well as a significant portion of upper Lake Barkley. The group also conducts patrols on the Cumberland River.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939, to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It has nearly 33,000 members from all walks of life, who receive special training to be a functional part of Team Coast Guard.


COAST GUARD RECOGNITION – Mitchell Creek Marina in September was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-04 of Nashville for its promotion of boating safety and the environment. On hand for the presentation were (l-r) Rosemary Halldorsson, Operational Specialist of Flotilla 11-04; Mitchell Creek owner April Patterson; Phil Mammano, Operational Specialist; and Buell Noteboom, Division Staff Officer. (Photo submitted)

Emergency Personnel Honored

Emergency, public safety responders honored by Mitchell Creek Marina

Mitchell Creek Marina and the sister companies here recently hosted an appreciation dinner to honor first responders, fire departments and law enforcement officers.

“The work our emergency personnel, fire departments and law enforcement people do sometimes goes unnoticed,” said Mitchell Creek owner April Patterson. “They give so much, often for very little pay, or no pay if they’re volunteers, and it’s important for all of us to let them know we appreciate the work they do.

“We’re grateful to them for things they have helped us with at our facility, but we’re just grateful for what they do for the public in general. This dinner was our way of showing them our gratitude for their sacrifice.”

A steak dinner was provided to those in attendance, along with door prizes.

How to Become a Boat Safety A-fish-ionado

by Shannon Ireland

There are few greater feelings than the wind blowing your hair, the sun kissing your skin and the spray of the water raining down as you listen to the engine propel you along the lake or ocean. In this moment, you’re carefree. But before you leave the dock in search of this feeling, be sure to take precautions.

According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), there were 2,613 injuries and 626 deaths reported as a result of recreational boating accidents in 2015. Here are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a statistic.

Follow the Law… Oar Else

Laws vary from state to state, so educate yourself on your state’s requirements before taking your boat for a spin.

Across the board, laws require that boats have USCG-approved life vests for all passengers. Your boat must also be registered, and anyone driving must carry a boating license. Operator inexperience led to 458 accidents, 288 injuries and 37 deaths in 2015, per the USCG.

Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol is against the law, so make sure to establish a designated driver before setting sail for a day on the water.

Use Good Judgment Before Shipping Off

When you’re on the water, use common sense.

Make sure your boat is operating properly before leaving the dock. According to the USCG, equipment failure, hull failure and machinery failure resulted in 425 reported accidents, 152 injuries and 31 deaths in 2015.

Don’t take the boat out in poor weather conditions; you may be putting yourself at risk for more than just an unpleasant time. The USCG notes that a storm can cause limited visibility, making you more vulnerable to accidents.

And less-than-ideal weather conditions mean more than just storms. Intense heat can cause you or any passengers to suffer from dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke or intense sunburns. Be sure to stock the boat with plenty of sunscreen and water, and always check the forecast before departing. Weather and hazardous waters led to 175 injuries and 120 deaths last year, according to the USCG.

Maintain a safe speed, especially in crowded waters. The USCG reported that excessive speeds accounted for 289 injuries and 18 deaths in 2015. Safe speeds allow drivers more time to adjust the boat’s path when other vessels appear, thus limiting the chances of a crash.

Stay alert and appoint a co-captain. It’s simple: If you’re not paying attention, you could hit a swimmer, a smaller watercraft, such as a jet ski, or another boat. Appointing a co-captain adds another set of eyes watching the water, helping you properly operate the boat, and ensures that if you’re injured or incapacitated, there’s another person on board who can get you and your guests home safely. Operator inattention yielded the highest number of accidents (551) and injuries (353) of the 30 categories listed in the USCG’s 2015 report.

Avoid buoys and larger watercrafts that can’t stop or turn quickly. Buoys and other navigational aids are in place to help you cruise the waters safely, so allow plenty of space when passing them. And smaller boats are easier to navigate than larger vessels, such as yachts, so be respectful as you near bigger boats.

Lastly, make sure you have enough gas to last the duration of your trip. The last thing you want is to be stuck miles from the shore or dock and have to call for a tow.

Don’t Let the Ship Sail on Safety

Summer is all about fun on the water. Use common sense and know your state’s laws to help ensure safe trips for you and your passengers so you can all achieve that blissful, carefree feeling on the water.

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Livingston Academy Fishing Team

Mitchell Creek Marina is proud to be a sponsor of the Livingston Academy Fishing Team. 2016 was their first year to compete.


Team (L to R, below): Bailey Talent, Dakota Wilson,Elijah Garrett, Clay Johnson, Ethan Carr, Bailey Pennycuff


Lucky Dog : Sammy Talent, Bailey Talent, Mark Gintert, TBF member, Bailey Pennycuff.


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Report on Livingston Academy’s Fishing Team

by Amy Wilson

Three teams from Livingston Academy traveled to Florence, Alabama, to fish in the high school fishing world finals. Team members are Dakota Wilson and Elijah Garrett, Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff, Ethan Carr and Clay Johnson. Teams put in the water on Pickwick Lake, but could also fish Wilson Lake. Practice began on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and continued through Tuesday, June 28, 2016. On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, was the first round of qualifying with 186 boats to blast off. Bailey and Bailey was boat #54 to blast off this first day with a check in time of 2 p.m., they weighted in one fish totaling 1 lb. 14 oz. finishing in 156 place. Dakota and Elijah were boat #65 to blast off with a check in time of 2 p.m. weighing in 2 fish totaling 4 lbs. 1 oz., finishing in 137th place for first round of qualifying, Ethan and Clay were boat #141 with a weight in time of 2:45 p.m., they brought in 2 fish weighing 2 lbs. 1oz. placing 150th for this first round. 657 fish were weighed in on Wednesday by 167 teams, with a total weight of 1,447.9 lbs. 19 of the 186 teams zeroed for this first day of qualifying. All three of the LA teams got to walk across the stage and be interviewed on the live stream at

The interviews are posted at along with pictures that were taken for the week.

Day two Thursday June 30,  2016, second day to qualify. Teams were launched in reverse today meaning if they were team #186 on Wednesday today they were team #1. Ethan and Clay weighed in 5 fish totaling 12 lbs. 6 oz. Bailey and Bailey weighed in one fish weighing 2 lbs. 1oz. Dakota and Elijah weighed in 1 fish totaling 1lb. 14 oz. The totals from Wednesday and Thursday were combined to select the first top 10 to make it to the semi finals. By making it to the semi finals in the first round those 10 teams were given extra fishing time in the last qualifying round on Friday. They launched first and didn’t check in until 2:30pm after all the other teams checked in at 2 p.m. At the end of the first round our teams standing were: Ethan Carr and Clay Johnson #87, Dakota Wilson and Elijah Garrett #150, Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff #160 out of the total 186 teams. 577 fish were weighed in, with 1,305.3 lbs. total weight. Friday, July 1, 2016, began the last round of qualifying with 10 teams already in the semi finals, there were 166 teams fishing for the last 10 spots to be able to fish in the high school world fishing tournament on
Saturday July 2, 2016.  Boat numbers again were draw as all teams  other than the top 10 were beginning again with zeroed total weights to start this round. Dakota and Elijah had boat #13 with a check in time of 1 p.m., they brought in one fish weighing 1lb. 12 oz. finishing in 111th place.
Bailey and Bailey had boat number #51 with a weigh in time of 1:30 p.m. they weighed in one fish weighing 2 lbs. 4 oz. finishing in 108th, Ethan and Clay were boat # 105 with a weigh in time of 2 p.m., they weighed in 5 fish totaling 11 lbs. 7 o.z finishing this round in 29th place.  In this last round of qualifying 115 of the 166 teams weighted in fish leaving 51 teams that zeroed for this last day of qualifying. 441 fish were brought in to weigh with a total weight of 1,011.2 lbs.
Friday July 1, 2016, the federation held a pizza dinner for all the teams to announce the top 20 teams for the tournament. Also on this night the 166 teams that did not make the finals had one more chance to put their names in a hat to be drawn for the lucky dog #21 spot in the high school world finals. One of our teams was so blessed to be drawn as the lucky
dogs!! Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff represented our school as team #21 in the finals!!  They brought in 2 fish weighing 3 lbs. 13oz. and was able to move up one spot to finish in 20th place in the tournament. Bailey and Bailey received new SAF rods for their finish.

This is the first year of having a fishing team/club at Livingston Academy. We are go grateful to all of our sponsors for their support during this first year of fishing we couldn’t have done it with out you!!!

First Day Fishing: Elijah and Dakota

First Day Fishing: Elijah Garrett and Dakota Wilson


First Day Fishing: Bailey Pennycuff and Bailey Talent



First Day Fishing: Ethan Carr and Clay Johnson



ParadisePad Sold or Rented at Mitchell Creek Marina

Are you looking for a foam water pad? No need to look any farther. You can buy or rent at Mitchell Creek Marina.

Pad rentals are $50 per day. Rent a pad online HERE.

Purchasers of ParadisePad are quickly calling ParadisePad the Cadillac of foam water pads. Be careful of other foam pads that don’t have a tear resistant membrane or not made in the USA. Purchase a premium ParadisePad that is made to last for many years vs a 2nd product made to last one season.

Available now in two styles and 7 colors:
2ply rated at 1450 lbs.
3ply rated at 1800 lbs

Why is a premium ParadisePad a better fit for your family?
* higher density uv resistant foam for enhanced buoyancy, and better tear resistance.
* best available tear resistant membrane.
*stainless steel tether system. We don’t use plastic tethers that we break or pull out of pad.
*bungee cord. We use a much longer bungee cord to reduce danger around boat or dock with a stainless steel carabiner

ParadisePad is a marine grade cross-linked HIGH DENSITY foam with UV stabilizers and added proprietary tear resistance material for increased tear resistance. We have seen the rest and have made the best product for the money.

If you want increased performance from you foam pad with much greater buoyancy and tear resistance, premium ParadisePad’s is the only solution.

All pads include 2 Velcro straps, 10’+ bungee cord and a stainless steel tethering system. 1 year limited warranty.

To purchase and for pricing contact:

Mitchell Creek Marina

1260 Livingston Boat Dock Road

Allons, TN 38541

(931) 823-6666

(866) 533-1842

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