Center Hill Lake
|Center Hill Lake|
Center Hill Dam and Lake
|Location||DeKalb / Putnam / White / Warren counties, Middle Tennessee|
|Primary inflows||Caney Fork
Falling Water River
|Catchment area||2,174 sq mi (5,630 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||64 mi (103 km)|
|Surface area||18,220 acres (7,370 ha)|
|Max. depth||190 ft (58 m)|
|Water volume||762,000 acre·ft (940,000,000 m3)|
Center Hill Lake is a reservoir in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in Middle Tennessee near Smithville. Created by means of a dam constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1948, the lake had a dual purpose: electricity production and flood control. Center Hill Dam is 260 ft (79 m) high, and it is composed of concrete and earth structures, with 8 gates that are 50 ft (15 m) wide each. Center Hill Lake is one of four major flood control reservoirs for the Cumberland; the others being J. Percy Priest Dam, Dale Hollow Dam, and Wolf Creek Dam.
The lake, which is 64 miles (103 km) long, covers an area of 18,220 acres (73.7 km2). Center Hill Lake has a storage capacity of 762,000 acre feet (940,000,000 m3) of water. The lake has approximately 415 mi (668 km) of shoreline, with the deepest point at 190 ft (58 m). The watershed area for the lake is 2,174 square miles (5,630 km2). The lake is well known for water recreation and fishing.
Edgar Evins, Burgess Falls and Rock Island State Parks contain portions of the lake's shoreline, the rest of which has been relatively underdeveloped until recent years. Lately, the area surrounding Center Hill Lake has been the target of land developers, who have begun construction on several upper-middle-class vacation homes and condos. Some locals protest that these actions are destroying the beauty of nature that make it such an attractive locale for such developments.
- "Corps of Engineers says releasing water from Tenn. dam prevented more damage to Nashville". Fox News. May 11, 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Hot Topics — Information concerning seepage at Center Hill Dam
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