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Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville

#15 of 39 in Nature in Kentucky
Kentucky Lake is a major navigable reservoir along the Tennessee River in Kentucky and Tennessee. Created in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority's impounding of the Tennessee River by Kentucky Dam, the 160309acre lake is the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States east of the Mississippi River, with 2,064 miles of shoreline, (though not the largest by volume; Lake Cumberland holds that distinction). Kentucky Lake has a flood storage capacity of 4,008,000 acre-feet, more than 2.5 times of the next largest lake in the TVA system.It provides a source for hydro-electric power and, as one of the lakes alluded to by the name of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, is a recreational magnet in western Kentucky and Tennessee.RecreationThe lake holds records for the largest of three species of fish ever taken in Kentucky: white bass (5 lb.), Buffalo carp (55 lb.), and yellow perch (1 lb., 4 oz). It is also the major attraction for two Kentucky state parks: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to the north and Kenlake State Resort Park to the west.
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95 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    First, it's a gigantic lake that welcomes everybody: canoes; houseboats; sailboats; barges; jet-skis; pontoons; yachts; Jon boats; ski boats; well, you get the picture. Don't have one? Rent one. At th...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    We love going to KY lake. We always love to see the beauty of it. Their campground area is also very nice, we always enjoy staying there too. Very nice area for Motorcycle Riding!!  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Whether you are looking to fish, boat or just sight-see, the South's Great Lake (extending into Kentucky and Tennessee), provides many and varied opportunities. Water clarity is good (for a Tennessee ...  more »

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