Kentucky Reservoir is home to many varieties of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, sauger, and crappie. Numerous boat docks and launching ramps dot the coves of Kentuckys shoreline.
Located on Kentuckys shores are the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, four state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, numerous public access areas, and two state wildlife management areas. There are resorts and campsites, areas for swimming and picnicking, and a back-country area for off-road vehicles.
Water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing are popular, as well as bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.
TVA utilizes the reservoirs strategic location and vast storage capacity to help reduce flood crests on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Kentucky Dam is also a major producer of hydroelectric power.
The filling of Kentucky Reservoir in 1945 opened the Tennessee River to year-round navigation and linked the Tennessee Valley with the nations Inland Waterway System.
The visitor center at Kentucky was refurbished in 2013. Now open year-round and staffed with TVA retirees, the center provides information about the history of TVA, the development of the Kentucky Dam, TVA's current activities and natural resource management in the area. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through October and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November through April. The center is closed for major holidays and in times of severe weather.
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