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Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • My wife and I don't fish and we don't own a boat. But we had to stop and see Kentucky Lake and Kentucky Dam while driving home to Chicago on I-24 following our vacation in Florida. It is a beautiful s...  read more »
  • My husband and I recently visited the Ky Lake area. We stayed near the dam. It is a beautiful area. We loved the scenic drives and views of the lake. We drove to the dam and parked and walked to the w...  read more »
  • I admit that I am a little biased since I grew up near Kentucky Lake. Kentucky lake offers a great deal of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. 
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