Up Kentucky Lake

maria | October 17, 2013 | COMMENTS:2 Comments »
Barkley Lake on the Cumberland River

Barkley Lake on the Cumberland River

Beginning Location: Grand Rivers, KY
Ending Location: Kenlake State Park, Aurora, KY
Miles Traveled: 22
Stayed at: Kenlake Marina ($22.50, but no showers)

This morning we finally left Green Turtle Bay and began our trip up the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. I say “up” because even though we are traveling South, we are heading upstream. The good news is, the current is quite mild for most of the 200 miles we will travel.

The first 100 miles or so of the Tennessee River takes place on Kentucky Lake, which was created when the Tennessee Valley Authority built Kentucky Dam in the 1960s. The lake is a couple miles wide and up to 70 feet deep. The shores are tree lined and peaceful. It’s an amazing contrast to the 500 miles of industrial ugliness we traveled on the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

We have about 600 miles to go to reach Mobile, which is where we plan to leave Improbable for the winter. Although Fall is catching up to us, we like this area enough to go a little slower for a few days.

Today we traveled a few short hours to reach Kenlake State Park. This is the first of a couple state park marinas we’ll be staying at on the Kentucky Lake. Although our friend Tom will be a little disappointed in us, we’ve decided it’s a bit too cold at night for anchoring right now. With lows of 40 or 42, we need to run our little electric heater. Fortunately, the state park marinas are in beautiful parks, very affordable, and they have lodges that serve great dinners. We’ll take it!

A typical view along Kentucky Lake

A typical view along Kentucky Lake

Curt and Marilyn are doing the Loop on their 26 foot sailboat. They live in North Dakota and started their trip in Minnesota! They are tougher than us...

Curt and Marilyn are doing the Loop on their 26 foot sailboat. They live in North Dakota and started their trip in Minnesota! They are tougher than us…

Category: On the Move

2 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    It was so nice talking to you while you waited at lock 52, and during your stay at Green Turtle Bay. We actually looked at the place for Danny’s Kentucky wedding party. Lock 52, and all the fear/excitement, will be in your “stories” for years to come. Thank heavens BoatUS was there to help.