The Kentucky Dam at 206 feet high and 8,422 feet long is the widest TVA dam on the Tennessee River. The dam impounds Kentucky Lake, which covers 160,000 acres and creates 2,064 miles of shoreline perfect for fishing, boating, waterskiing, hunting and enjoying wildlife. Kentucky Dam State Park has camping, as well as a lodge with hotel and dining facilities overlooking a marina.

At the southern end of the dam, one can continue following the Tennessee River south through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, where locks and dam systems create many lakes (Pickwick, Wilson, Gunterville, Chickamauga, Watts Bar) to manage the river depth and enable navigation and transport of steel, agricultural products and manufactured goods.

The Tennessee River, also known as part of the Trail of Tears, was a major water route that the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations traveled when they were forced to resettle west of the Mississippi River after the 1830 Indian Removal Act.

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