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Kentucky Lake, TN

Lake Size: 160,309 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 2,380 Miles
Deepest Depth: 60 ft
Latitude: 37.01256
Longitude: -88.27003
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 351 ft (107 m)
Counties: Stewart, Henry, Benton County
Cities: Dover, Springville, big Sandy, Buchanan, Camden
Lake Management: Tennessee Valley Authority

Information: Kentucky Lake is a major navigable reservoir along the Tennessee River in Kentucky and Tennessee. You can find beautiful Lake Kentucky homes in the cities and counties listed above. Created in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority's impounding of the Tennessee River by Kentucky Dam, the 160,309-acre (649 km2) lake is the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States east of the Mississippi River (though not the largest by volume; Lake Cumberland holds that distinction). 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. On November 15, 2005, an F3 tornado hit the area killing 1 person, injuring 10, destroyed 19 buildings and damaged 120 others.
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Numerous boat docks and launching ramps dot the coves of Kentucky's shoreline. Boat right from your lake house dock.


Saltillo Marina & Campground
The 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).[2] 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. Fish right from your Kentucky lake house dock.
When Kentucky Lake was created during World War II, many farms, homes, towns, roads, and railroads had to be relocated. The most notable community to be affected was Birmingham. Roads that were affected include US 62, US 68, US 79, Kentucky 58, Kentucky 80, Kentucky 94, and several others. Railroads to be relocated include the Illinois Central (now Paducah & Louisville Railroad) and the now-abandoned Louisville & Nashville. The currents of Kentucky Lake have now wiped out most of the remnants of roads and foundations.[citation needed] Although many homes were moved there still are many homes and buildings below the surface. Many graves were moved, but in the first years following the flooding of the area it was not uncommon for the water to make its way below the lake floor and loosen a lost or forgotten casket and cause it to float to the surface. Maps are readily available for people to use a guide to dive to see old homes and grave sites. Many of the old roads are still used with just a small fence stopping traffic from driving into the lake. If a person stands at the end of the road as it goes into the lake they can usually look across the lake and see the road reappear and also used. Another use of many of the old roads that go into the lake are pre-made public use boat launch ramps.

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