|This article does not cite any sources. (December 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Location||Kherson, Zaporizhia, and the Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts|
|Primary inflows||Dnieper River|
|Primary outflows||Dnieper River|
|Basin countries||Russia, Belarus, Ukraine|
|Max. length||240 km (150 mi)|
|Max. width||23 km (14 mi)|
|Surface area||2,155 km2 (832 sq mi)|
|Average depth||8.4 m (28 ft)|
|Max. depth||26 m (85 ft)|
|Water volume||18.2 km3 (14,800,000 acre·ft)|
|Surface elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
The reservoir was created in 1956 when the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant was built.
The reservoir is 240 km long, up to 23 km wide, and has an average depth of 8.4 meters (with depth varying from 3 to 26 m). The total water volume is 18.2 km³. It is mainly used to supply hydroelectric stations, the Krasnoznamianka Irrigation System and the Kakhovka Irrigation System, industrial plants, freshwater fish farms, the North Crimean Canal and the Dnieper–Kryvyi Rih Canal. With its creation, it has created a deep-water route, allowing deep-sea ships to sail up the Dnieper.