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Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville

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#16 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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  • Kentucky Lake is a large lake impounded by the Kentucky Lake Dam.There are numerous game,fish,tournaments,and area bait and fishing equipment suppliers.Located in a laid back environment.Boating,hikin...  more »
  • First time to be in area. The lake and surrounding water is beautiful! It is so massive. We were able to fish and take the boat around to look at the area. By going in the fall many of the coves do no...  more »
  • I grew up coming here for vacations with my family and have continued to come back for more than sixty years. As adults, my wife and I had a home on the lake for eleven years and we still miss the tra...  more »

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