Center Hill Lake is a reservoir in middle Tennessee, located near Smithville, approximately eighteen miles southeast of our hometown.
Although we are considered landlocked, we are fortunate to have an abundance of over 60,000 stream miles and some 540,000 lake acres.
This picture was taken in 2004. After experiencing torrential rains and flooding, the decision was made to open the flood gates, an extremely rare event.
Created by means of a dam constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1948, the lake had a dual purpose: electricity production and flood control.
Center Hill Dam is 260 ft (79 m) high, and it is composed of concrete and earth structures, with 8 gates that are 50 ft (15 m) wide each.
The lake, which is 64 miles (103 km) long, covers an area of 18,220 acres (74 km²).
Center Hill Lake has a storage capacity of 762,000 acre feet (940,000,000 m²) of water.
The lake has approximately 415 miles (668 km) of shoreline, with the deepest point at 190 feet (58 m).