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Kentucky Dam

22 miles upstream from the confluence of the Tennessee River with the Ohio, Paducah, KY
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"Incredibly Interesting Kentucky Dam!"

As a youngster my family would visit Kentucky Lake for some Sunday's and Holiday outings! In... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
legacyendeavors
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Aboard the American Queen

The water was too high for us to pass through at our appointed time. We missed our other stops... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
jseash
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Clovis, California
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22 miles upstream from the confluence of the Tennessee River with the Ohio, Paducah, KY
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a youngster my family would visit Kentucky Lake for some Sunday's and Holiday outings! In seeing this, it is quite wonderful to make a delightful return to the area and take in the ingenuity of the work required to build this amazing dam! Quite...More

Thank legacyendeavors
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

The water was too high for us to pass through at our appointed time. We missed our other stops because of this. However, when we did go through the dam it was interesting, quick, and we enjoyed it.

1  Thank jseash
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Good place to visit for a couple of hours if you're interested in how the water power of the Tennessee River was harnessed and controlled. Interseting visitor centre with knowledgeable staff. Look out for the bird life on the banks below the balconies.

Thank Geoff W
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This place is very nice. There are lots of things to do in the summer. We found ourselves birdwatching on a lazy afternoon.

Thank KChis
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We bicycled across the damn. What a thrill to cross such a long bridge on bicycle. Fortunately, the traffic was low.

1  Thank ancientmoods
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Great little history lesson about the TVA for the kids who will love looking at a working dam. Guides know their stuff.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Everytime my wife and i or her and her 4 sisters visit they are CLOSED..Never have toured the Generator at the Dam..staff always off smoking or feeding the cats, etc..NEVER OPEN..EMPLOYEE'S NEED TO BE RETIRED AND HIRE PEOPLE WHO WANT JOBS AND APPRECIATE IT...

1  Thank 2017art
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Very interesting to see the dam structure and the marinas surrounding it! Large river barges, small boats, and many areas to fish from the bank!

Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

... an electric power engineer. The generators went in service about 70 years ago, and have been upgraded at least once, along with what appear to be newer generator step-up transformers. TVA still has what looks like the original bulk-oil 161 kV circuit breakers in...More

Thank David G
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Kentucky Dam is a marvel of engineering. Built long before computers, it was designed to hold back the often flooding waters of the Tennessee River. This dam created Kentucky Lake which is the largest body of water in the eastern United States.

Thank Bryan D
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