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Cumberland River

Length: 687 miles (1,106 kilometers)

The Cumberland River, rising in east Kentucky, and winding generally southwest through Kentucky and Tennessee, then northwest to the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The development of lakes and canals make the river navigable for small craft for much of its length. The river’s upper course flows through the rugged, forested coal-mining region of southeast Kentucky. The central section of the river passes through the Nashville Basin, an agricultural region and the site of Nashville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority markets hydroelectric power produced by dams on the Cumberland and its tributaries, including Dale Hollow, Center Hill, and Barkley dams, as well as Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky, which impounds Lake Cumberland.

Lake Cumberland is a reservoir in Clinton, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in Kentucky. The primary reasons for its construction were a means for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power. Its shoreline measures 1,255 miles (2,020 km) and the lake covers 65,530 acres (265 km2) at the maximum power pool elevation...
    Full Pool: 723.0 MSL     Area: 50,250 Acres      Printed Lake Cumberland Map

Cordell Hull Lake is named after one of America's outstanding statesmen, Cordell Hull. Cordell Hull was born in a log cabin in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. Hull served in the Tennessee and U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. He served as Secretary of State under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1944 ...
    Full Pool: 504.0 MSL     Area: 11,960 Acres

Old Hickory Lake is a reservoir in north central Tennessee. It is formed by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam, located on the Cumberland River approximately 25 miles upstream from Nashville. The city of Hendersonville is situated on the northern side of the lake, and Old Hickory, is located on the southern side of the lake. The dam and lake are named af...
    Full Pool: 445.0 MSL     Area: 22,500 Acres      Printed Old Hickory Lake Map

Cheatham Lake is an impoundment of the Cumberland River with 320 miles of shoreline. Recreational opportunities include boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, and others. Trails at the lake will captivate bird watchers, wildflower enthusiasts, nature lovers, hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists. Fishing is great with popular...
    Full Pool: 385.0 MSL     Area: 7,450 Acres

Lake Barkley, a 58,000-acre (230 km2) reservoir in Livingston, Lyon, and Trigg counties in Kentucky and extending into Stewart and Houston counties in Tennessee, was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 upon the completion of Barkley Dam. Both the lake and the dam are named for Vice President Alben Barkley, a Kentucky native. The d...
    Full Pool: 359.0 MSL     Area: 57,900 Acres      Printed Lake Barkley Map

Outflows of the Cumberland River
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