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Water Resources Outlook - July 2018

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 7/19/2018

Water Resources Outlook - July

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Paddle Blast set milestones, becomes tourist draw

Messenger-Inquirer

Date: 7/14/2018 10:46:00 PM

LAUREL COUNTY — The Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast last weekend set several milestones and impressed competitors with the beautiful scenery and tourist offerings in the area, organizers said. “I belie

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Paddle Blast set milestones, becomes tourist draw

The Sentinel-Echo

Date: 7/13/2018 4:23:00 AM

The Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast last weekend set several milestones and impressed competitors with the beautiful scenery and tourist offerings in the area, organizers said. “I believe Laurel River

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Explore Kentucky Initiative announces the Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast & Beach Party

The Sentinel-Echo

Date: 6/28/2018 4:15:00 AM

The Explore Kentucky Initiative’s (EKI) Lovely Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast (LLPB) returns as part of the Kentucky Waterman Series with 3 awesome events; the 5000 Meter (3.1 Miles) Round the Island Race, the 10 Mile LL Open Race, Round the Island Relay

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Paddle Blast & Beach Party set for July 7

The Times-Tribune

Date: 6/22/2018 9:58:00 AM

If you enjoy water sports, trying something new, Zumba on the beach, tacos or just having a good time at Laurel River Lake, you don’t want to miss this year’s Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast & Beach Party happening July 7. Last year’s event brought

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• Surface Area: 5,660 Acres
• Average Depth: 65 Feet
• Length: 19 Miles
Laurel River Lake, located west of Corbin, Kentucky, in the USA, is a reservoir built in 1977 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Laurel River, a tributary of the Cumberland River, in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The lake covers parts of Laurel and Whitley counties.
The 282 foot high dam was built between 1964 and 1974. It is a combination earth and rock-fill dam. Hydropower production began in 1977. As of 2006, it produced an average annual energy of 67 gigawatt hours of hydroelectricity.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Service cooperate on developing recreational facilities around the reservoir. Today most of the lake is managed by the Forest Service as part of Daniel Boone National Forest. The Army Corps of Engineers manages the operation of the dam itself, and runs recreational facilities at the dam.

Laurel River Lake's drainage area is 282 square miles. The area of the lake changes based on how full it is, but it is about 19 miles long, with 206 miles of shoreline. Its area ranges from about 5,600 to 6,060 acres, with a maximum flood-control size of 6,650 acres. The reservoir's storage capacity (volume) also changes, but is about 435,000 acre feet.
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