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Kentucky Lake Information
and History

    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 160,309-acre lake is the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
  Kentucky Lake is on the west side of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. It provides a source for hydro-electric power and is a recreational magnet in western Kentucky and Tennessee.
   The lake holds records for the largest of three species of fish white bass 5lb., Buffalo carp 55lb., and yellow perch 1 lb.4 oz. It is also the major attraction for three state parks: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to the north and Kenlake State Resort Park to the west and Paris Landing State Park to the south in Tennessee.
   When Kentucky Lake was created during World War II, many farms, homes, towns, roads, and railroads had to be relocated. Roads that were affected include US 62, US 68, US 79, Kentucky 58, Kentucky 80, Kentucky 94, and several others.  The currents of Kentucky Lake have now wiped out most of the remnants of roads and foundations.
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.