Dewey Lake

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Dewey Lake
Dewey Lake.jpg
Lake and dam
Location Floyd County, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°44′08″N 82°43′40″W / 37.73556°N 82.72778°W / 37.73556; -82.72778Coordinates: 37°44′08″N 82°43′40″W / 37.73556°N 82.72778°W / 37.73556; -82.72778
Type reservoir
Primary inflows John's Creek
Primary outflows John's Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,100 acres (4 km2)

Dewey Lake, located near Prestonsburg, Kentucky in Floyd County, is part of the integrated flood reduction system operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the entire Ohio River Basin.[1]

The 1,100-acre (4 km2) lake was formed by impounding John's Creek in 1949, and was named for Admiral George Dewey.[2] Dewey Dam (National ID # KY03029) is an earthen dam, 188 feet high.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is located on Dewey Lake.


The largest tiger muskie ever taken in the state of Kentucky (13 lb., 12 oz.) was caught in Dewey Lake.[3]

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  1. ^ "Dewey Lake". United States Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  2. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Lakes". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  3. ^ "Kentucky State Record Fish List". Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. 2006-04-17. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-17.