Paintsville Lake is a 1, 139-acre reservoir in Johnson and Morgan counties in eastern Kentucky. It was impounded from Paint Creek in 1983 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and it is the major attraction of Paintsville Lake State Park. Paintsville Lake officially opened to the public in 1983, three years before Paintsville Lake State Park was established, on December 9,1978, ten-thousand Johnson County residences had to be evacuated from the area below the construction site of the Paintsville Lake dam. This is because the area had received eight inches of rain. The dam did not break, and the residents were allowed to return to their homes the following day, Paintsville Lake has a variety of game fishing species. Fish that can be caught in the include, Paintsville Lake State Park Paintsville Lake facilities map Paintsville Lake area interactive GIS map
Taylorsville Lake is a 3, 050-acre artificial lake or reservoir located mainly in Spencer County, Kentucky. Construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers started in 1974, the total cost of the lake was $103 million. It is about 18.5 miles long, backwater areas of the lake are located in Nelson County and Anderson County. The dam is located on Salt River, and it is estimated that it has prevented more than $30.5 million in damages since it became operational. The lake is named for Taylorsville, the county seat of Spencer County, Taylorsville Lake State Park occupies a portion of the lakes northern shore. Taylorsville Lake Dam and operated by the Corps of Engineers, is an earthen structure 162 feet high,1280 feet long at its crest and its reservoir has a normal surface area of 4.8 square miles and a maximum capacity of 291,670 acre-feet. The lakes water is murky year round and contains an amount of silt washed down from agricultural runoff up river. During the lakes there was a large amount of standing timber in the lake that still remains today.
This timber provides cover for much of the lakes wildlife, blue Herons are a common sight feeding upon the lakes ample supply of shad. Major fish species in the lake are largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, white crappie, black crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, on weekends with good weather the lake is usually fairly crowded, especially around holidays. Boaters new to the lake should use caution when leaving the channel that runs through the lake due to standing timber that can sometimes be just under the water surface. The 2 most popular boat ramps found in the part of the lake are Settlers Trace. There are two boat ramps upstream, Chowning Lane and Van Buren. There is a small waterskiing course on the lake, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and fishing are popular on the lake. Due to the popularity and proximity to a major city fishing pressure on the lake is high which can make fishing difficult. Fishing with jugs for catfish is a common sight, Taylorsville Lake State Park Kentucky Department of Parks Taylorsville Lake History Kentucky Department of Parks Taylorsville Lake Louisville District, U. S.
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Fishtrap Lake is a 1, 130-acre reservoir in Pike County, Kentucky. It is the attraction of Fishtrap Lake State Park. Fishtrap Lake - U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Fishtrap Lake
Rough River Lake
Rough River Lake is a 5, 100-acre reservoir in Breckinridge and Hardin counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Rough River in 1959 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Rough River Lake Dam is a 132-foot-high earthen dam impounding a maximum capacity of 334,400 acre-feet. It is the attraction of Rough River Dam State Resort Park. Rough River Dam State Resort Park Rough River Lake, Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Established on June 11,1940, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located at the border between Kentucky and Virginia. The Cumberland Gap is a natural break in the Appalachian Mountains. The park lies in parts of Bell and Harlan counties in Kentucky, Claiborne County in Tennessee, the park contains the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee tri-state area, accessible via a short trail. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park covers 20,508 acres, the Cumberland Gap Visitor Center is located on U. S. Highway 25E just southeast of Middlesboro and just northwest of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The visitor center is open day of the year except Christmas Day. The gap was used by Native Americans, as many species of migratory animals passed through it from north to south each year. It was fertile hunting territory and the only cut through the mountains from the southern wintering grounds of wild deer. Starting around 1775, the Gap became the route of transit for American settlers moving west into Kentucky.
Two families by the name of Hensley and Gibbons moved to Brush Mountain to escape the many changes that were taking place in the early 1900s, more family members followed and a community was begun. A church and school was established under the jurisdiction of the Bell County School System of Bell County, settlers continued their pioneer lifestyle until future generations began accepting employment and marriage partners off the mountain. Sherman Hensley, the founder of the settlement, was the last to leave in 1951, the park preserves the natural beauty of the surrounding area while focusing on historic preservation. The former roadbed of U. S. Highway 25E through the park has been restored to an early 19th-century wagon path and this was made possible with the 1996 completion of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel, which rerouted US 25E under the park
Grayson Lake is a 1, 500-acre reservoir in Carter and Elliott counties in Kentucky. Sections of Kentucky Route 7 were re-routed as a result of the lakes creation, KY7 now traverses a modern highway stretch around the park, crossing the dam also. The lake is the attraction of Grayson Lake State Park. Grayson Lake State Park Grayson Lake facilities map
Protected areas of the United States
The protected areas of the United States are managed by an array of different federal, state and local level authorities and receive widely varying levels of protection. Some areas are managed as wilderness, while others are operated with acceptable commercial exploitation, as of 2015, the 25,800 protected areas covered 1,294,476 km2, or 14 percent of the land area of the United States. This is one-tenth of the land area of the world. The U. S. had a total of 787 National Marine Protected Areas, covering an additional 1,271,408 km2, some areas are managed in concert between levels of government. The Father Marquette National Memorial is an example of a park operated by a state park system. As of 2007, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, federal level protected areas are managed by a variety of agencies, most of which are a part of the National Park Service, a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. They are often considered the jewels of the protected areas.
Other areas are managed by the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is claimed to provide 30 percent of the recreational opportunities on federal lands, mainly through lakes and waterways that they manage. The highest levels of protection, as described by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, are Level I, the United States maintains 12 percent of the Level I and II lands in the world. These lands had an area of 210,000 sq mi. A confusing system for naming protected areas results in some types being used by more than one agency, for instance, both the National Park Service and the U. S. Forest Service operate areas designated National Preserves and National Recreation Areas. The National Park Service, the U. S. Forest Service, National Wilderness Areas are designated within other protected areas, managed by various agencies and sometimes wilderness areas span areas managed by multiple agencies. States and local zoning bodies may or may not choose to protect these, the state of Colorado, for example, is very clear that it does not set any limits on owners of NRHP properties.
State parks vary widely from urban parks to large parks that are on a par with national parks. Some state parks, like Adirondack Park, are similar to the National parks of England and Wales, about half the area of the park, some 3,000,000 acres, is state-owned and preserved as forever wild by the Forest Preserve of New York. Wood-Tikchik State Park in Alaska claims to be the largest state park by the amount of protected land, it is larger than many U. S. National Parks. Many states operate game and recreation areas. S, State and tribal wilderness areas Various counties, metropolitan authorities, regional parks, soil conservation districts and other units manage a variety of local level parks. Some of these are more than picnic areas or playgrounds, however
Cedar Creek Lake (Kentucky)
Cedar Creek Lake is a 784-acre reservoir in eastern Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA, between Stanford and Crab Orchard along U. S. Highway 150. Cedar Creek Lake is the second largest state-controlled lake in Kentucky, on February 16,2003, due to excessive amounts of rain, the lake was filled sooner than predicted. This impounded 784 acres of the 14, 000-acre Cedar Creek watershed, during the preparations for Cedar Creek Lake, it was decided to leave all trees and brush to provide a habitat for the future lakes many species of fish. Any developments such as houses and certain sections of old US150 were removed, the Hebron Methodist Church, the Vardeman/Holmes/Daws/Stephenson Family Cemetery, and a small section of Kentucky Route 1770 were relocated before the lakes impoundment. Cedar Creek Lake was included as part of the planning for the reconstruction of the 7. 2-mile section of U. S. Highway 150 between Stanford and Crab Orchard by the KYTC, the construction of the earth-fill dam was at a cost of $4 million USD.
Of the $4 million, the KYTC paid $3.5 million, total cost of the project was nearly $8.5 million. Future developments around Cedar Creek Lake will include a marina and a public beach, watershed,14,000 acres, primarily agricultural, 45% pastureland, 35% woodland, and 19% cropland. Cedar Creek Lake features a larger than usual 300-foot buffer zone to prevent private land encroachment problems, John Sims Boat Ramp, The main boat ramp of Cedar Creek Lake located where the old Boone Rd becomes submerged. This boat ramp is named after John Sims, a previous Lincoln County Judge-Executive who helped start the Cedar Creek Lake project, old US150 Boat Ramp, Located at the end of the old US150 on the west side of the lake. Cowan Road Boat Ramp, Located where Cowan Road becomes submerged off Kentucky Route 1770, a bank access is located off the small relocated section of Kentucky Route 1770. Marina, Currently in the phases and will be built by Lincoln County. Public Beach, Currently under construction by Lincoln County
Laurel River Lake
The lake covers parts of Laurel and Whitley counties. The 282 foot high dam was built between 1964 and 1974 and it is a combination earth and rock-fill dam. As of 2006, it produced an annual energy of 67 gigawatt hours of hydroelectricity. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Service cooperate on developing recreational facilities around the reservoir, today most of the lake is managed by the Forest Service as part of Daniel Boone National Forest. The Army Corps of Engineers manages the operation of the dam itself, Laurel River Lakes drainage area is 282 square miles. The area of the lake based on how full it is. Its area ranges from about 5,600 to 6,060 acres, the reservoirs storage capacity changes, but is about 435,000 acre feet. Laurel River Lake Web Site U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – Laurel River Lake U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – Laurel River Lake
Dale Hollow Reservoir
The Dale Hollow Reservoir is a reservoir situated on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. The lake is formed by the damming of the Obey River,7.3 miles above its juncture with the Cumberland River at river mile 380, portions of the lake cover the Wolf River. Dale Hollow is one of four flood control reservoirs for the Cumberland, the others being J. Percy Priest Dam, Wolf Creek Dam. It is the site of Dale Hollow Lake State Park on the north side, Dale Hollow Reservoir lies mainly in northern Tennessee, where it covers portions of Clay and Overton Counties. Small arms of the lake extend northward into the Kentucky counties of Cumberland, the project consists of 27,700 acres of water and 24,842 acres of surrounding land. Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, the project was completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1943, making the lake the oldest artificial lake in Kentucky. Hydroelectric power generating units were added in 1948,1949 and 1953, the project was designed by the Corps of Engineers and built under their supervision by private contractors.
The hydroelectric generators of Dale Hollow Dam are used to power to the surrounding countryside. The dam and reservoir are currently operated by the Nashville District of the Corps, the lake is used recreationally. Water sports are popular, especially water skiing. Wakeboarding and tubing are two water sports that can be seen regularly. The main recreational use is fishing, Dale Hollow is well known as a prime location for smallmouth bass fishing, currently holding the world record for the largest such fish ever taken. It is the lake that is linked with the name Billy Westmorland, famed smallmouth angler of Celina, Tennessee. The lake and surrounding rivers, the Cumberland River and the Obey River contain species such as largemouth bass, muskellunge, catfish, gar. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife each maintain jurisdiction over the waters within their respective states. There is a fishing agreement between the agencies, so recreational fisherman may be licensed by either state in order to fish in the reciprocal zone.
Fishermen in areas of the lake outside the zone must be licensed by the governing agency, Geiger Island is an island in Dale Hollow Lake. It is designated as a camping site by the Army Corps of Engineers
Nolin River Lake
Nolin River Lake is a reservoir in Edmonson and Hart counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Nolin River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963, the Nolin River dam was authorized in 1938 as part of a flood control act. The lake varies from 2,890 acres in the winter to 5,795 acres in the summer, nearby attractions include Mammoth Cave National Park, Nolin Lake State Park, Moutardier Resort and Marina, Ponderosa Boat Dock/Marina and Wax Marina. US Army Corps of Engineers page on Nolin Lake Nolin Lake State Park facilities map Nolin Lake State Park interactive GIS map