- It sure is big — over a mile long!
- On the Cumberland River near Jamestown, Kentucky
- Construction began in the 1940’s; completed in 1950, with the final power generator installed in 1952
- Lake Cumberland, which was created by the dam, is the largest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi River and provides over 40% of the total flood storage in the Cumberland River basin.
- Benefits include:
- Flood damage reduction - Provides a maximum flood storage capacity of over 6 million acre-feet
- Hydropower - Produces 22% of the hydropower generated on the Cumberland River
- Currently undergoing a seven-year Seepage Rehabilitation Project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
And some surprising Lake Cumberland trivia:
- The lake's shoreline is longer than the Florida coast.
- It receives even more visitors each year than Yellowstone Park.
The Perpetual Vacationers: Dam tourists