Barkley Dam

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Lake Barkley Lock and Dam, impounding Lake Barkley

Barkley Dam is a dam along the Cumberland River in Kentucky. Its construction, along with Kentucky Dam formed the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBLNRA) by stopping the flow of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, forming Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake respectively.

Barkley Dam is 157 feet high and impounds a maximum of 2,082,000 acre-feet.[1] Completed in 1966, the dam and artificial lake were both named for former Vice President of the United States Alben Barkley.


  1. ^ Online, Lakes. "Barkley Dam (Lake Barkley)". 

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Coordinates: 37°01′14″N 88°13′25″W / 37.0206°N 88.2235°W / 37.0206; -88.2235