TVA Kentucky Dam and Reservoir

Construction on Kentucky Dam began in 1938 and was completed in 1944. The dam is 206 feet high and 8,422 feet long, which is the longest in the TVA system. With its massive 4,008,000 acre feet of flood storage capacity, it helps reduce flood damage on six million acres of the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers and reduces the frequency of flood damage on another four million acres. It has five generating units with a net dependable capacity of 184 megawatts.

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TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, it receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity to business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. But TVA is much more than a power company. Through its mission of service, the Tennessee Valley Authority improves the quality of life by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity; supporting communities through economic development; and carrying out environmental stewardship programs to ensure we all have a beautiful, unique place to live for generations.


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Latitude: 37.012498 Longitude: -88.270105 Elevation: 324 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

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 Kentucky’s shoreline. Water skiing, sailing and windsurfing are popular here, as well as bicycling, horseback riding, hunting and fishing

Located on Kentucky’s shores is 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 undeveloped recreation area for off-road vehicles.

Lady's Bluff Small Wildlife Area is a popular hiking destination with views of gnarled old cedar, limestone outcrops, sinkholes and migratory wildlife refuge. For more information about this trail visit TVA's trail page.

Seasons Accessible

All seasons

How to Get There

                                                                                                                                                             640 Kentucky Dam Rd., Grand Rivers KY 42045

Direction from Paducah:                                                                                                                     Take 1-24 to exit 27 for US-62 toward Kentucky Dam; turn right onto US-62E and you will see Kentucky Dam on the right.

Directions from Nashville:                                                                                                                   Take I-24W and follow signs for Clarksville; take exit 31 for KY-453 toward Grand Rivers; turn left onto KY453S/Dover Road. Take ramp to US-62W/US-641S then turn right. The destination will be on your right.


Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessible at restrooms, visitor center, paved trail, over look, and fishing pier

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

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