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Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville
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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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  • Year round the lake offers the best type of therapy, allowing you to escape all the chaos in the world and simply relaxing to the calm waters of Kentucky Lake. Whether you enjoy being on the lake or s...  more »
  • We have now been to Kentucky Lake 3 of the 4 last summers, Usually a long weekend trip as we can get there in 3 hours. We took our 2.5 yo granddaughter this trip and we had a blast. There are actually...  more »
  • 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...  more »