Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Center Hill Dam and Lake.

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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).

The lake is well-known for water recreation and fishing.

Info credit: Wikipedia


The Retired One said...

What a gorgeous sunset and lake!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog about TN. We will be relocating there this summer. Coming from CA, I'm so glad there is lots of water.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

George and I went to Edgar Evins State Park near Center Hill Dam --and we took a hike while there. We also sat and watched a sunset (just like the picture you showed) while there. It is a neat area. You all need to go back in the spring!!!!!


Carol said...

I'll put that on my list of places to visit :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful spot to relax :)

DJan said...

That sunset picture is truly awesome. Good information about that dam. We were landlocked in Colorado, which is why we moved to the Pacific Northwest for our retirement years, and I love it here!!

L. D. said...

Beautiful sunset photo.

Patsy said...

Tennessee is a beautiful State:

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Enjoy your February!

Susan Freeman said...

Your photo of the sunset over the lake is lovely and it makes me feel so very peaceful.

Thank you,
Susan and Bentley

Unknown said...

Beautiful, we have a few of these lakes built by the army corps around us. I for one am very grateful to them, as I'm sure you are in a similarly landlacked state!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful sunset.

Also Ice Tea like moma used to make. Oh the memories.

George said...

Center Lake is a wonderful place to picnic and hike. It's also a great place to enjoy sunsets, as you showed in your last picture.

Barbara Anne said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

I'm a West TN girl, born and bred in Memphis and love the beauty there. My parents were Virginians and that's home to me now. I appreciate your appreciation of Tennessee!

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Anonymous said...


It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!