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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area- Land Between The Lakes is located near I-24, about 90 miles north of Nashville. As a designated national recreation area under the management of the USDA Forest Service, LBL is maintained for the public's enjoyment and safety.

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Description - 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. Located on Kentucky’s shores are the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, four state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, 48 public access areas, and two state wildlife management areas. There are resorts and campsites, areas for swimming and picnicking, and a back-country area for off-road vehicles. Water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing are popular, as well as bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.

Attractions - The Kentucky Dam Visitor Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday except for major holidays. It will be closed when the homeland security alert level is high (orange) or higher. Located on Kentucky’s shores are the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, four state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, 48 public access areas, and two state wildlife management areas. There are resorts and campsites, areas for swimming and picnicking, and a back-country area for off-road vehicles.

Recreation - Located on Kentucky’s shores are the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, four state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, 48 public access areas, and two state wildlife management areas. There are resorts and campsites, areas for swimming and picnicking, and a back-country area for off-road vehicles. Water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing are popular, as well as bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Kentucky Dam is 22 miles upstream from the confluence of the Tennessee River with the Ohio. The dam is the longest in the TVA system, and the reservoir, which stretches for 184 miles across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee, is the largest in the eastern U.S. There are many access points to Kentucky Reservoir going east on I-24 from Paducah, KY.


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