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Kentucky Dam, Paducah

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Kentucky Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Tennessee River on the county line between Livingston and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The dam is the lowermost of nine dams on the river owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the late 1930s and early 1940s to improve navigation on the lower part of the river and reduce flooding on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers. It was a major project initiated during the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, to invest in infrastructure to benefit the country. The dam impounds the Kentucky Lake of 160000acre, which is the largest of TVA's reservoirs and the largest artificial lake by area in the Eastern United States.A canal connects Kentucky Lake to nearby Lake Barkley, created by Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River. The lakes run parallel for more than 50 miles (80 km), with the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area located between them.
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  • The water was too high for us to pass through at our appointed time. We missed our other stops because of this. However, when we did go through the dam it was interesting, quick, and we enjoyed it.  more »
  • Good place to visit for a couple of hours if you're interested in how the water power of the Tennessee River was harnessed and controlled. Interseting visitor centre with knowledgeable staff. Look out...  more »
  • This place is very nice. There are lots of things to do in the summer. We found ourselves birdwatching on a lazy afternoon.  more »
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