Kentucky Map

Kentucky Lake

Contact Info
Tennessee Valley Authority - Kentucky Watershed Team
202 West Blythe Street
PO Box 280
Paris, TN 38242

160,300 acres
Max. Depth:
60 ft.


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. It all adds up to a huge opportunity for watercraft recreation from speed boats and jet skis to houseboat vacations and fishing.

Three major parks border Kentucky Lake and make excellet recreation destinations. Land Between the Lakes, a National Recreation Area administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is located on the lower end of Kentucky Lake. Kenlake State Resort Park is on the western shore, Kentucky Dam State Resort Park is on the northern shore and one of the most popular parks in the state.

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.

Tour Companies

  • Nationwide Lakes
  • Boating, Houseboating
  • 888-454-8825

Houseboat Vacations If you've never taken a houseboat vacation before, you don't know what you're missing. Houseboating is a fun and easy way to explore the unique waters of North America. We pride ourselves on our commitment to working with our customers to help make their trip the best it can be.


Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Black Crappie
Chain Pickeral
Striped Bass
Fishing Methods:
Live Bait,Spinners,Jigging,Trolling


160,300 acres
Max. Depth:
60 ft.
Water Access:
Numerous Public Boat Ramps


Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Stocked Fish
  • Picnic Areas
  • Campground
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Water Services
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Food Service
  • Fuel Available
  • Motorboat Rentals
  • Personal Watercraft Rentals
  • Restaurant

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

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

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