Kentucky Lake

Quick Facts

Kentucky Lake

Tennessee

(901) 641-2026

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Things To Do

Overview

Kentucky Lake is the largest lake in the Tennessee River system and the last before the river flows into the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky. Spanning the western portion of Tennessee and southwest Kentucky, the lake is 184 miles long, has 2,380 miles of shoreline, and 160,300 surface acres of water at summer water levels. It collects rainfall from a 40,200-square-mile watershed. Land Between The Lakes, a National Recreation Area administered by TVA, is located on the lower end of Kentucky Lake. Because the lake is located along a major waterfowl migration route, it supports a wintering population of more than 450,000 waterfowl, substantially more than any other TVA lake. Kentucky Lake offers excellent fishing for crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and sauger.

Map of Kentucky Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.446694, -88.058853

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Activities

  • Boating

    Numerous boat docks and launching ramps dot the coves of Kentucky's shoreline.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact park for information.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact park for information.

  • Camping

    Please contact park for information.

  • Fishing

    Kentucky Lake offers excellent fishing for crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and sauger.

  • Hiking

    Please contact park for information.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact park for information.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact park for information.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park for information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact park for information.

  • Picnicking

    Please contact park for information.

  • RVing

    Please contact park for information.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing are popular.

Seasonality/Weather

The Kentucky Dam Visitor Center is open to the public year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except for major holidays. It is closed when the homeland security alert level is orange (high) or red (severe).

Directions

Driving

Going east on I-24 from Paducah, KY, Kentucky Lake has may access points since it is such a long lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(901) 641-2026

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