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Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville

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#22 of 38 in Nature in Kentucky
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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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  • Beautiful lake huge !!!!! Dont go if it has rained or recent flooding Need a boat rent from moor marina !!  more »
  • Go here every year with the family for fishing and just to relax. I absolutely love it here. Never disappointed and the views and fishing are top notch. We always stay in benton. Nice place with lots ...  more »
  • Kentucky Lake is absolutely amazing whether you are a fisherman or just sightseeing! I have been both and both are equally amazing! We live in Michigan but Kentucky Lake has stole our hearts! It is wh...  more »